Last words from MH370: Goodnight, Malaysian 370

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 07:24 01/04/2014
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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The last words spoken from the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were "Good night Malaysian three seven zero", the Malaysian Ministry of Transport says.

Earlier reports said the last words, reportedly from co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, were "all right, good night", which had raised questions why he chose to sign off in the informal manner, two minutes before the aircraft's transponder was shut down.

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was questioned by reporters on Monday night in Malaysia about reported discrepancies in what was said on board the missing flight.

The Transport Ministry released a statement with the full transcript of the conversation to be released to relatives of passengers today.

"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'," the statement said.

"The authorities are still doing forensic investigation to determine whether those last words from the cockpit were by the pilot or the co-pilot."

On March 17, Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a press conference the last words of "all right, good night," were spoken by Fariq.

The day before, Hishammuddin said the plane's internal communication system was turned off before the last words from the cockpit to air traffic control, sparking speculation foul play was already underway at the time the plane travelled from Malaysian to Vietnamese air space.

But the same night he announced Fariq spoke the last words, Jauhari told reporters the last transmission from ACARS was at 1.07am on March 8 but it was unknown when it was switched off. It did not transmit 30 minutes later as programmed.

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