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    Apr 02, 2014

    Nothing unusual in exchanges with MH370


    THE Malaysian authorities yesterday released the full transcript of communications between the pilots of missing Flight MH370 and air traffic controllers, saying the exchanges showed nothing unusual.

    "There is no indication of anything abnormal in the transcript," Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a statement.

    The 43 separate transmissions over nearly 54 minutes are thick with air-traffic and navigational jargon and give no hint of trouble aboard the ill-fated plane, which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

    The transcript concludes with Malaysian air traffic control first bidding MH370 "good night", as it instructs the pilots to contact controllers in Vietnam, over which the plane was due to fly.

    The final entry from just after 1.19am comes from one of the two MH370 pilots, who says "good night, Malaysian three seven zero". Malaysia Airlines said previously that the last words were believed to have been uttered by First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, but the statement said that was yet to be confirmed.