MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 report published on the anniversary of its disappearance last year revealed an underwater locator beacon (ULB) battery that expired over two years ago.
"According to maintenance records, the SSFDR [Solid State Flight Data Recorder] ULB battery expired in December 2012. There is no evidence to suggest that the SSFDR ULB battery had been replaced before the expiry date," the report read.
The nearly 600-page report published Sunday by the international safety investigation team added that the ULB's Solid State Cockpit Voice Recorder (SSCVR) battery was expected to expire three months after the accident.
Additionally, investigators assessed the missing plane's crew, finding nothing that may have suggested foul play on their part.
"The Captain's ability to handle stress at work and home was good. There was no known history of apathy, anxiety, or irritability. There were no significant changes in his life style, interpersonal conflict or family stresses," the report read.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared from radar screens on March 8, less than an hour after takeoff. There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
Based on an analysis of aircraft performance data, experts suspect the MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but no trace of the plane has been found so far.
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