PUTRAJAYA, Oct 24 – Any discovery of plane debris floating off Indonesian waters will shed further light on the search for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) jetliner Flight MH370. However, Transport Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Ruhaizah Mohamed Rashid said his ministry had yet to receive any information from the Indonesian government regarding any discovery of such debris.
According to her, the ministry had yet to find any clues at the moment and any information received on the matter would be processed immediately. What was more important now, Ruhaizah said, was to identify any debris found prior to making any confirmation. “If any debris is found, the Indonesian authorities will contact us immediately as they are working very closely with us.
“Upon any confirmation, we will inform the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) for further action,” she told reporters today. The ATSB, which is overseeing the underwater search in the Indian Ocean, said recently that the MH370 debris could have been washed westward away from Australia towards the Indonesian coastline, based on analysis of ocean currents.
The matter could not be immediately verified as the Malaysian government had yet to receive any information that will enable a search and rescue team to be deployed to the exact location for further investigation. Flight MH370 disappeared en route to Beijing an hour after departing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8. The Boeing 777-200, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean.