KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has said the last words from the cockpit of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”.
“We would like to confirm that the last conversation in the transcript between the air traffic controller and the cockpit is at 0119 (Malaysian Time) and is “Good night Malaysian three seven zero,” DCA said in a short statement issued on Monday night.
“The authorities are still doing forensic investigation to determine whether those last words from the cockpit were by the pilot or the co-pilot,” said the statement.
It was reported earlier that the last words from the flight were “Alright, goodnight”, spoken by co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid.
DCA said acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein “has instructed the investigating team to release the full transcript”. It will be made available during the briefing to the next-of-kin of passengers on board the flight.
MH370 disappeared on March 8 while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It had 239 passengers and crew members on board.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on March 24 that the jet’s last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast and the flight ended there, based on satellite data from British satellite firm Inmarsat.
Satellite and military radar data suggests that MH370 turned sharply over the Malaysian peninsula and flew on – possibly for hours – to the middle of the Indian Ocean. Despite a massive multi-nation search, no debris from the plane has been found.
Theories to explain the plane’s disappearance include hijacking, pilot sabotage, or a catastrophic mid-air event leaving the crew unconscious and the plane to fly on auto-pilot until it ran out of fuel.