>> A report released on Monday, detailing failures by Malaysia's air traffic control system at the time of MH370's disappearance has led to the resignation of that country's civil aviation chief. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman acknowledged in a written statement, lapses of standard operating procedures by the controllers, but stopped short of saying his civil aviation authority was directly responsible for the loss of the aircraft and 239 souls aboard.
Now, Malaysia's transportation ministry is considering direct action against the air traffic controllers who are on duty. The almost 500-page investigation said that they failed to initiate emergency protocols, and that there was no record that they attempted to alert the air force or continuously monitor radar systems.>> And we will set up a small committee, an internal committee to look into what kind of recommendations and actions that can be taken against the air traffic controllers at that particular point of time.
>> MH370 disappeared in 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and spurred a years long search that ended with few answers, save some small pieces of debris. The Monday report also says that the Boeing 777's controls were likely deliberately manipulated to take it off course, which had long been suspected.
But Malaysian authorities are standing by their past assessments that the captain had sufficient training and mental health, and that there was no sign the plane had attempted to evade radar. A separate report by Australian authorities last year, however, stated the captain had flown a similar route to what's known of the fated flight on a home simulator, weeks earlier.