[Director General of Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman at a press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines in Kuala Lumpur. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung) ]
Kuala Lumpur, (Xinhua): The director general of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation said on Monday that all the objects spotted in the sea have not been confirmed as the debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft.
“Unfortunately … we have not found anything that appears to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft itself,” Dato ‘ Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Department of Civil Aviation, said at a press conference here.
Vietnamese authorities, he added, have not confirmed the reported finding of some objects believed to come from Flight MH370, which lost contact with traffic controls in the wee hours of Saturday with 239 people on board.
Rahman said at present 34 aircraft and 40 ships from different countries including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the United States, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines, etc. are participating in the search and rescue over a wide area.
He added that Malaysia has collected the sample of the oil slicks found in the sea earlier and sent it to a laboratory to verify if it was from the missing plane and they will publicize the lab report immediately when it comes out.
Rahman said that every aspect of what could happen should be considered as it was speculated that maybe the plane was hijacked. As for two passengers boarding on the plane with false European passports were reported Asian looking, he said the investigation is ongoing and all the relevant videos will be gone through.
CEO of Malaysia Airlines Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said they will arrange two family members of each passenger to come to Kuala Lumpur immediately and up to five family members for each in total, all of them will be accommodated in Kuala Lumpur.
Rahman said he felt puzzled as well about what happened to the plane and more concrete evidence is needed, thus a lot of work has to be done.