MAS: Lithium ion batteries in cargo

SEPANG, Malaysia - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has confirmed that lithium ion batteries were part of their MH370 cargo.

The airline carried small lithium ion batteries approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), said group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

"It was packed as recommended by ICAO and we checked the cargo several times in accordance with the organisation's guidelines.

"Other airlines do this all the times, not just MAS," he told the daily press conference at Sama-Sama Hotel here yesterday.

He was responding to a question whether MH370 cargo included lithium ion batteries.

To another question on if it was possible for pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah to be the one who sent out the last radio transmission "All right, good night", instead of the co-pilot, Ahmad Jauhari said the investigating team suspected that it was the co-pilot who made the call.

"It is part of an ongoing investigation," he said.

On reports that the pilot made a call in the cockpit, Ahmad Jauhari said such information have been passed to the investigating team.

He also confirmed that MAS' Boeing 777 was equipped with standard features without anything additional.

On the flight manifest, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said international intelligence agencies tasked at combing through it had not discovered anything unusual.

He said he already had discussion with some of the agencies, which detected no suspicious characters.

"They (the agencies) have already looked at the manifest earlier but we asked them to relook the list of passengers.

"They have not discovered anything unusual," he told reporters yesterday.

He said the Ukraine government had replied to Malaysia's request to check the manifest and they confirmed their passengers were cleared.

On Zaharie's seized flight simulator, Hishammuddin said information had been forwarded to international agencies to verify the data.

"I believe the Inspector-General of Police will be able to brief the media soon," he said.