Perth/Kuala Lumpur: The search for the crashed Malaysian jet continued today even as Malaysia's prime minister said his government will release its preliminary report on the plane's disappearance next week.
Faced with anger and frustration from distraught families of passengers on the ill-fated Flight MH370, Malaysian Premier Najib Razak said the report will be available to the public.
“I have directed an internal investigation team of experts to look at the report, and there is a likelihood that next week we could release the report,” Najib told CNN late yesterday.
He said he had also asked the internal investigation team to look into what other information may be released publicly next week, his office said.
The report has already been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN body for global aviation, but not made available to the public.
The ICAO showed a safety recommendation in the report:
Malaysia said the aviation world needs to look at real-time tracking of commercial aircraft. It is the same recommendation that was made after the 2009 Air France Flight 447 disaster.
Meanwhile, up to 8 military aircraft and 10 ships are assisting in today's search for the missing jetliner.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49,240 square kilometres for today. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1584 kilometres north west of Perth.