KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 – The Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix is to proceed as scheduled at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this weekend despite the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 tragedy. SIC said in the statement Thursday that Formula 1 Management (FOM) Ltd, the worldwide rights holders for the F1 World Championship, has expressed condolences to the families of the passengers and crew of the ill-fated flight.
SIC is the organiser of the racing event. “We share the nation’s grief over the plight of MH370. Our thoughts and prayers are for the families of those on board,” the statement said. SIC said it was working with FOM to have a tribute at the event this weekend in remembrance of the passengers and crew of MH370. It also noted that all events and activities scheduled during the 16th edition of the racing events, including the after-race concert featuring renowned Scottish singer Calvin Harris on Sunday, would run as usual.
MAS Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day. A multinational search was mounted for the aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then, after it was learned that the plane had veered off course, along two corridors – the northern corridor stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand and the southern corridor, from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
Following an unprecedented type of analysis of satellite data, United Kingdom satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that Flight MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. Last Monday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the flight path of the missing MH370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean”.