MH370: A-G and ICAO discussing black box custody

MH370: A-G and ICAO discussing black box custody
Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

KUALA LUMPUR - Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is having discussions with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on who should have the custody of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370's black box, if it is found.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that Abdul Gani was in Britain discussing with the ICAO and other experts over the matter.

"The ICAO and experts involved are relying on international law and domestic law on who should actually have custody over the black box once we do find it," he said during a press conference after a walkabout at the Defence Services Asia site at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

Hishamuddin rubbished speculation linking the disappearance of MH370 to the Central Intelligence Agency.

"If there is, I don't think you will see such a strong presence of the US (in the Defence Services Asia exhibition) here," said Hisham­muddin.

The Boeing 777-200ER is registered in Malaysia and owned by MAS. And under the ICAO, the country of origin of the aircraft, which is Malaysia, is obliged to launch an investigation and secure the wreckage.

However, Malaysia has asked Australia to lead the search in the southern Indian Ocean.

Hishammuddin added that there was no telephone call made by MH370 co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid when the plane was still flying on the day it disappeared.

However, he said, the issue would be in the realm of the police and other international agencies that would be revealed when the time came.

"I don't want to speculate on that out of respect of the families of the pilot and co-pilot. And I don't want to disturb the investigations being done now, not only by Malaysian police but other intelligence agencies," he said.

Hishammuddin also stated that based on current investigation, there was no suspicious circumstances on the passenger manifests and the police were still investigating on four possibilities.

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