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MH370 remains mystery as incident report released

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia on Thursday made public a report on Flight MH370 and other data in its most extensive release of information on the airliner yet, but which contained no new clues on what happened to the missing plane.

The information release was accompanied by audio recordings of verbal exchanges between the cockpit of the jet and air traffic controllers, and documents pertaining to the cargo manifest.

The collected information also recapped exchanges between the flag carrier and confused Malaysian, Vietnamese and Cambodian air-traffic controllers as they sought to determine what happened to the plane after it disappeared from primary radar over the South China Sea at 1:21 a.m. on March 8.

Thursday's release did not contain any information from a Malaysian police investigation into whether a criminal act such as terrorism was to blame.

Thursday's data confirmed that the military did not inform civilian authorities of the radar image until 10:30 a.m. on March 8, nearly eight hours after the air force has said the blip was first spotted.

The report concluded by recommending to the ICAO that it "examine the safety benefits of introducing a standard for real-time tracking of commercial air transport aircraft," to prevent planes going missing in future.

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