Missing plane's transcript obtained

ALANA SCHETZER
Last updated 11:22 22/03/2014
mh370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
MH370 PILOT: Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
mh370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
MH370 CO-PILOT: First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid.

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A British newspaper has obtained the full transcript of communication in the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 before it mysteriously disappeared.

The transcript lasts just 54 minutes, from its taxi on the runway to its final message at 1.07am.

The Telegraph reported the communication between the pilots of flight MH370 and control tower, transcribed from Mandarin to English.

The newspaper reported that analysts stated the communications were ''routine'' but that several messages stood out as being unusual, although not necessarily suspicious.

The first message deemed unusual was when the cockpit reported that the aircraft was flying at 35,000 feet; that fact had been communication six minutes earlier.

The second unusual part was that communication was reportedly cut off and the aircraft's sharp turn westward occurred at the a time when air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur were about to handover control to those in Ho Chi Minh City.

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British Airways pilot Stephen Buzdygan told The Telegraph: ''If I was going to steal the aeroplane,  that would be the point I would do it. There might be a bit of dead space between the air traffic controllers... It was the only time during the flight they would maybe not have been able to be seen from the ground''.

The transcript ends with the widely reported sign-off by co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid: "All right, good night".

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- The Age

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