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MH370 families demand answers for 'MYSTERY’ cargo before search ends next week

Everything from aliens to North Korea has been blamed for the disappearance of the jet. But Voice 370, a lobby group made up of MH370 families, remain troubled by 2.2 tonnes of cargo in the hold that were not listed on the official documents before the plane took off. The mystery cargo was the focus of early conspiracy theories[1] relating to MH370’s disappearance.

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HEARTBREAKING: A relative seen breaking down outside the Malaysia Airlines’ office in Beijing i

“I cannot reveal more because of the ongoing investigations”

Unnamed source

Malaysian authorities failed to immediately disclose that the flight had been carrying a large quantity of potentially flammable lithium batteries.

The items were described as “radio accessories and chargers” but were mysteriously omitted from the list, according to reports. And in the letter, Voice 370 called for “the release of all relevant documents such as the full cargo manifest; an investigation into any possible falsification and or elimination of records related to MH370 (and) its maintenance”, reports News.com.au.

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The group also calls for a “further investigation and inquiry into any act or omission across the entire spectrum of operations that might have impaired tracking, search, rescue and recovery”. Conspiracy theories surfaced after a company who admitted shipping 200kg of highly dangerous batteries on the flight, refused to reveal the contents of the rest of their cargo.

A document containing details of all on-board luggage and shipping items was released in 2014, the year the flight went missing.

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According to the papers, the plane was carrying a consignment of lithium ion batteries. The batteries weighed 200kg, however the consignment totalled 2.4 tonnes – meaning a further 2.2 tonnes were present in the load. They were sent from NNR Global Logistics in Penang to JHJ International Transportation in Beijing.

The mystery surrounding the cargo was sparked when a spokesperson for the company which shipped the batteries refused to reveal what the remaining weight was made up of. He also did not name the company who manufactured them, insisting that it was confidential.

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The unnamed source said: “I cannot reveal more because of the ongoing investigations. We have been told by our legal advisers not to talk about it.” Malaysia Airlines said that the mystery cargo was merely electrical equipment.

It released a statement saying the unspecified freight was actually radio equipment, despite there being no reference to this in the manifest.

Theories have been circling the internet since the plane carrying 239 people vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, above the Indian Ocean.

A popular theory since then believes the batteries on board started a fire and caused an massive explosion mid-air.

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  1. ^ The mystery cargo was the focus of early conspiracy theories (www.dailystar.co.uk)



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