KUALA LUMPUR: A long-awaited official report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 offered no new clues about why the plane vanished more than four years ago, with investigators saying that they are "not of the opinion" that the pilots were responsible.
However, they are not ruling out any possibility.
According to the report released on Monday (Jul 30), there is no evidence to suggest that the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the designated MAS pilots.
"However, the team does not exclude the possibility of intervention by a third party," said the report.
At the same time, there is no evidence to support the belief that MH370 was taken over by remote control, said the team's chief investigator Kok Soo Chon, who was Malaysia's former Civil Aviation Department director-general.
At a news conference, he concluded that the team is unable to determine the real cause of one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.
"The answer can only be conclusive if the wreckage is found," he said when asked if they would ever find out what happened on the plane.
Flight MH370 disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Mar 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.
No sign of the jet was found in a 120,000-sq km Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January last year.
US exploration firm Ocean Infinity resumed the hunt at the start of this year on a "no find, no fee" basis, using high-tech drones to scour the seabed. But that search was called off after failing to find anything.
On Monday, Mr Kok said 27 pieces of debris have been found to date, of which only three fragments - all found on the western Indian Ocean shores -
have been confirmed to be from MH370, including a two-metre wing part known as a flaperon.
There have been a host of theories about why the plane disappeared, ranging from an accident to a hijacking or even a terror plot.