A police investigation may never determine the reason why the Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared, and search planes scouring the India Ocean for any sign of its wreckage are not certain to find anything either, officials said yesterday.
The assessment by Malaysian and Australian officials underscored the lack of knowledge authorities have about what happened on flight MH370. It also points to a scenario that becomes more likely with every passing day — that the fate of the Boeing 777 and the 239 people on board might remain a mystery forever.
The plane disappeared March 8 on a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur after its transponders were shut off. Military radar picked it up the jet just under an hour later, on the other side of the Malay Peninsula.
Police are investigating the pilots and crew for any evidence suggesting they may have hijacked or sabotaged the plane. The backgrounds of the passengers, two-thirds of whom were Chinese, have been checked by local and international investigators and nothing suspicious has been found.
“Investigations may go on and on and on. We have to clear every little thing,” Malaysian Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. “At the end of the investigations, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident.”
Police are investigating the cargo and the food served on the plane to eliminate possible poisoning of passengers and crew, he said.
Malaysian authorities organized a closed-door briefing yesterday for some of the families of those aboard the plane with officials and experts involved in the hunt.
It was relayed by video conferencing technologies to relatives in Beijing. Several relatives interviewed after session said they were still not satisfied.
“The fact is they didn’t give us any convincing information,” Steve Wang said.