The final words from Malaysia Airlines flight 370 were played for the first time in public today, CNN reports.
"Malaysia three-seven-zero contact Ho Chi Minh 120.9, good night," says a voice identified by Malaysian officials as that of a radar controller in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.
"Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero," answers a male voice believed to be a crew member on the plane.
Malaysian officials released the audio recording in a briefing for relatives in Beijing. Two thirds of the passengers on the missing plane were from China. Officials also released a chronology of the plane’s final contacts with radar stations and a satellite.
The Malaysian government previously released the full transcript of the final recorded conversation between ground control and the cockpit on Aptil 1. Today’s long-awaited briefing was a sharp change from previous meetings between officials and the families, who have spent weeks demanding more details, according to CNN.
The missing jetliner lost contact on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 12 crew members and 227 passengers onboard the Boeing 777. Two thirds (154) of the passengers on the missing plane were from China.
A massive international search effort has been underway for more than seven weeks in the hunt for the plane. The search has shifted around remote portions of the Indian Ocean, but has come up empty so far. Malaysia’s defense minister said today that authorities from several countries are assessing a claim by a company that it found possible wreckage in the northern Bay of Bengal, the Associated Press reports.