KUALA LUMPUR, March 31:The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has confirmed that the last conversation recorded in the transcript between the air traffic controller (ATC) and the cockpit of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 was “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”.
It said the time was at 0119hrs (1.19am).
It confirmed forensic investigation was being done to determine if the last words were said by the pilot or the co-pilot.
“The minister has instructed the investigating team to release the full transcript which will be made available during the briefing to the next of kin,” the statement read.
China’s CCTV has earlier claimed that “all right, good night” were not the last words uttered by the co-pilot of MH370.
In a video report, CCTV said the last words were “Good night, Malaysian 370″.
However, at the press conference at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) today, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters that the conversation transcript between the pilots and the air traffic controller would only be disclosed to the media if experts and investigators gave their consent.
The reporter who posed the question to Hishammuddin noted that there were now 2 different versions of the transcripts.
Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister, said that the transcript was part of the investigation and said if it could be revealed, he would inform the media.
Earlier, CCTV’s reporter James Chau said he had documented proof and independent corroboration on the actual phrase used.
Chau said the new version was standard greeting used in aviation compared to the vague “all right, good night” reported earlier.
Hishammuddin today asked reporters to be fair to the government because only those who were investigating the matter could give them the okay on what to reveal to the press.
“I am answerable to the royal commission or the parliamentary select committee and to the international inquiry board.
“So we are not hiding anything. We are just following the procedures that have been set.”
Meanwhile, with regards to the article by British tabloid Daily Mail on the alleged interview with the family of the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, Hishammuddin said the information obtained by the tabloid was not from the police.
The tabloid claimed the information was based on an interview family members had with the police.