New claims from the head of the Indonesian police force to airline officials and senior police have sparked new concerns that officials have always known what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
According to Indonesian news organisation Tempo, Indonesian Police Chief General Sutarman claimed that he knows what caused the passenger jet to vanish on March 8 with 239 people on board.
“I spoke to the Malaysian Police Chief Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar. I actually know what had actually happened with MH370,” Sutarman reportedly told police officers and Lion Air representatives.
However, the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has denied reports and threatened legal action against the paper's reporter.
"The reporter will be summoned by the Indonesian Police Chief to clarify the report. Action will be taken if he failed to show any proof," he told Bernama.
The Royal Malaysian Police has also denied they kept secret information on one of the world's largest aviation mysteries.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said he was shocked by the report originating from Indonesia.
Australia is leading what has so far been a fruitless search in a vast stretch of the southern Indian Ocean, where MH370 is believed to have gone down after inexplicably veering off course from its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route on March 8.
Australian authorities said that "hard spots" had been found on the Indian Ocean seabed but that they would most likely be geological features.
Experts are preparing for a more intense underwater search to begin this month in a dauntingly vast stretch of ocean measuring 60,000 square kilometres (23,000 square miles), in addition to ongoing mapping through a sonar survey.
Malaysia's government and the national flag carrier were widely criticised over what many saw as a disorganised and secretive response to MH370's disappearance.
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