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Black boxes crucial if those aboard MH370 are to be cleared, says CNN

The crew of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can only be cleared of any wrong once the black boxes are found, CNN reported today.

Quoting acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, the network reported that until the data on the black boxes has been retrieved, it would be difficult for investigators to clear the 12 crew members or the 227 passengers.

"The Inspector-General of Police has not found anything suspicious on the passenger manifest," Hishammuddin said, referring to Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

"However, he has also not said that the names on the manifest had been cleared of possible hijacking, terrorism, psychological or personal problems."

Hishammuddin added that investigations were still ongoing.

CNN quoted the acting transport minister as saying that until the flight recorders had been retrieved, no chief of police would be in any position to declare anyone was cleared.

Both the pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and his co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid have been at the centre of local and international attention.

Framed pictures of the crew and passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, are displayed on an easel at Kechara retreat centre in Bentong, Pahang, today. The crew and passengers can only be cleared of any wrong once the black boxes are found, CNN reported today. – Reuters pic, April 13, 2014.Framed pictures of the crew and passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, are displayed on an easel at Kechara retreat centre in Bentong, Pahang, today. The crew and passengers can only be cleared of any wrong once the black boxes are found, CNN reported today. – Reuters pic, April 13, 2014.Investigators believe that it was the pilot who spoke the last words heard from the flight: "Good night Malaysian 370".

Despite being passionate about politics, urging people to vote out the current government, there is nothing in Zaharie's social media posts which would suggest he had a hand in MH370's disappearance.

English daily New Straits Times yesterday reported that Fariq had attempted to make a call from his mobile phone while the aircraft was near Penang.

However, this report was later denied by Hishammuddin, who insisted that he would have been briefed about it if it was true.

The profiles of the 227 passengers were handed over to the investigators by their respective nations, even the profiles of the two Iranians who boarded MH370 using stolen passports by Iranian authorities.

Despite entering day 37, the multinational search and rescue team have yet to discover anything that would shed light on the whereabouts of flight MH370. – April 13, 2014.

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