MH370 search: Malaysia government streamlines investigation team, ongoing efforts

MH370 search: Malaysia government streamlines investigation team, ongoing efforts

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia will streamline the investigation team as well as ongoing efforts related to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with the formation of three groups and three ministerial committees respectively.

"As per ICAO standards, Malaysia will also appoint an independent 'investigator-in-charge' to lead an investigation team and the team will include three groups," Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussien said in a press conference Sunday.

The three groups will comprise an airworthiness group, which will look into maintenance records, structure and system of the airline; an operational group, which will examine flight recorders operations and meteorological aspects of the investigation, as well as a medical and human factor group, which will look into psychological and pathological aspects as well as survival factors of those on board the plane.

Hishammuddin added the investigating team was being led by the Malaysian Government, but would include individuals from other accredited countries.

"Malaysia has already asked Australia to be accredited to the investigation team, and they have accepted.

"We will also include China, the United States, the United Kingdom and France as accredited representatives to the investigation team, along with other countries that we feel are in a position to help," he said.

Three other ministerial committees will be formed to streamline the ongoing efforts, namely a next-of-kin committee, headed by Hamzah Zainuddin, the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister; a technical committee led by Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, the Deputy Transport Minister and a deployment of assets committee, helmed by Deputy Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri.

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