France has reportedly reopened its investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The move, reported by French newspaper Le Parisien, comes after a long-awaited “final report” into the disappearance of the plane in 2014, published on July 30, failed to provide an explanation.
The aircraft was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.
The long-awaited 449-page Malaysian report into the disappearance angered families of the victims, who said the lack of answers was either down to a cover-up or incompetence.
They issued a statement calling for the Malaysian government to release all data so it can be analysed by independent experts.
According to Le Parisien, the Gendarmerie of Air Transport (GTA) in France has launched its own probe into the mysterious disappearance of the flight, which was carrying four French victims.
The newspaper said French investigators want to re-examine “all the technical data” provided by Inmarsat in order to “verify its authenticity” and confirm if the plane’s path was correctly plotted.
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However, the French Government has made no formal announcement about any investigation.
Official Statement by MH370 Families Association regarding the Annex 13 Safety Investigation Report. August 7, 2018. pic.twitter.com/5KuSIQDbhm
— voice370 (@cryfortruth) August 7, 2018
Voice 370, a group comprising of and acting for relatives of those lost on MH370, issued a statement on Tuesday that included criticism of Boeing as well as calls on the Malaysian government to share data.
It said: “Voice 370 calls upon the Government of Malaysia to share all available data with independent experts for a thorough peer review and analysis.
“We believe that after 4.5 years since MH370 disappeared, there is no reason to continue to withhold data when its probative value far outweighs any prejudicial effect.”
The report, written by a team of local and international experts, said there was no evidence that Captain Zaharie Shah or his co-pilot were involved in the plane’s disappearance.
It said the plane was diverted from the planned route while “under manual control” but could not “exclude the intervention of a third party”.
The report prompted the resignation of Malaysia’s civil aviation chief after investigators found that Malaysian air traffic control and their Vietnamese counterparts failed to act properly when the Boeing jet – which was missing for 20 minutes before the alarm was raised – passed from Malaysian to Vietnamese airspace and disappeared from radars.