On May 1, the official preliminary report by was released to the public — and shows a shocking 4-hour-gap that took place from the time the plane went missing to when the search began. What were they thinking?! Well, now we can hear the audio.
Almost two whole months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared, the official report of what exactly happened was released to the public. However, it just deepens the confusion. The time of disappearance was reported at 1:21 AM on March 8 — but air traffic control didn’t notice for 17 minutes, and didn’t start searching for four hours. Listen to the audio between the missing jet’s pilots and air traffic controllers here.
Malaysia Flight Report — Why Was There A 4-Hour Gap
Malaysia Flight 370 radioed in its last words to traffic control at 1:19 AM local time, according to the new report released by Malaysia’s Transportation Ministry.
Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control told the Malaysia flight’s pilots to contact Ho Chi Minh Air Traffic Control Center on radio frequency 120.9 MHz. Whoever was in the cockpit responded with, “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”.
At 1:21, the flight disappeared from the Kuala Lumpur ATC radar screen. However, not until 1:38 — 17 minutes later, when Ho Chi Minh ATC reached about wondering where the place was, did they tell them about the missing radar. Kuala Lumpur used air traffic control and operations centers to find the aircraft. With no luck, search and rescue was initiated — at 5:30 AM.
This just adds to the confusion of what happened and where the plane is now, and everyone is wondering why it took 17 minutes to notice, and four hours to begin searching.
So, What Happened?
“Control of the aircraft had left Malaysia to Vietnam. Even so, for 17 minutes, neither Kuala Lumpur nor Ho Chi Minh noticed nor acted,” CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest said.
But what about the four hour gap? Well, on April 29, a Malaysia Airlines official explained that the plane most likely ran out of fuel about 7.5 hours into the trip — which means it may have still been flying during that huge gap.
“I can certainly understand that the authorities had more pressing matters in finding the plane than writing a long report, when there will be plenty of other chances to do so,” Richard added, “but this report is the barest possible they could get away with.”
Listen to the audio of the final communications, that were released to the families on April 28.