April 1, 2014 9:55 am

Flight MH370: Malaysian officials release cockpit transcript

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TORONTO – The Malaysian government on Tuesday released the full transcript of the last spoken communication from the cockpit of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet Flight MH370, revealing what officials say was “nothing out of the ordinary.”

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“There is no indication of anything abnormal in the transcript,” Malaysian acting transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in the statement. “The transcript was initially held as part of the police investigation.”

Officials said that the last words spoken from the cockpit were “Good night Malaysian three seven zero,” and not “All right, good night” as previously reported by Malaysian authorities.

The discrepancy added to the confusion and frustration families of the missing already felt more than three weeks after the flight disappeared, and as of Tuesday, officials had not explained how they got it wrong.

Australia PM vows to continue hunt for missing plane

The Australian head of the international search effort said on Tuesday the operation was one of the “most challenging” he’s ever seen.

WATCH: Australian official says search for Flight MH370 could drag on.

Angus Houston, head of the newly formed Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), told media the search for MH370 could take a long time.

“In this particular case, the last known position was a long, long way from where the aircraft appears to have gone,” he said. “It’s very complex, it’s very demanding.”

“What we really need now is to find debris, wreckage from the aircraft,” he said. “This could drag on for a long time.”

On Monday night, the Ocean Shield, an Australian warship carrying a U.S. device that detects “pings” from the plane’s flight recorders, left Perth for the search zone, a three- to four-day trip.

Global airline group says missing Malaysian plane shows need for more security

The International Air Transport Association said the jet’s disappearance highlights the need for security improvements in tracking aircraft and screening passengers.

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The global airline group said it’s creating a high-level task force that will recommend by year’s end how commercial aircraft can be continuously tracked.

Director-general Tony Tyler told an industry conference Tuesday in Malaysia that accidents remain rare, but “we cannot let another aircraft simply vanish.”

Relatives meet Malaysian delegation

The relatives of the passengers have organized a committee that is in charge of posing questions to the Malaysian delegation.

During the daily sessions, the committee has asked the Malaysian team about technical aspects, particularly why the Malaysian Prime Minister stated the plane went down in the South Indian Sea without solid evidence to present to the public.

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The “relatives committee” represents more than 500 family members.

Other relatives held candle-lit vigils and prayers in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

With files from The Associated Press

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