MH370: Three ministerial committees set up to streamline investigation

MH370: Three ministerial committees set up to streamline investigation

KUALA LUMPUR - Three ministerial committees have been set up to streamline ongoing efforts in investigating flight MH370, said acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

"In order to streamline and strengthen our ongoing efforts, we have established three ministerial Committees.

The Next of Kin Committee led by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Technical Committee led by the Deputy Minister of Transport and the Deployments of Assets Committee led by the Deputy Minister of Defence," said Hishammuddin.

Speaking at a press conference at the Royale Chulan here on Monday, he said the committees had started on their respective tasks and would be reporting to the public in due course.

Hishammuddin added that attempts to appoint an independent investigator to lead the MH370 investigation based on standards laid down by the International Civil Aviation Authority were underway.

He also said that the three groups had been established to look at different relevant issues.

"Three groups have been established, an airworthiness group to look at issues such as maintenance records, structures and also systems, an operations group to examine things such as flight recorders, operations and meteorology and a medical and human factors group to investigate things such as psychology, pathology and survival factors," said Hishammuddin.

The Ownership of the black box will be determined based on practices defined by the International Civil Aviation Organsation (ICAO), said Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Hishammuddin said he had spoken to Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on the issue.

"We will follow ICAO practices and we will inform developments based on whatever we find in due course. It depends on international practices, and we will go back to the ICAO on that. Our focus now is to find the black box first," said Hishammuddin.

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