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Malaysia Airlines: Final words from Flight 370 changed, not clear who spoke them

The latest twist from Malaysian authorities is that the final words from the doomed flight were different from what was first reported, and they're now unsure who spoke them.
The latest twist from Malaysian authorities is that the final words from the doomed flight were different from what was first reported, and they're now unsure who spoke them.
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Officials have retracted the account of the last words that came from the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the latest twist in the ever-changing investigation into the doomed jet's vanishing. They're also backtracking on their initial report that the co-pilot was the one speaking.

The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation said Monday that the last communication from one of the pilots with the air traffic controller was "Good night, Malaysian three seven zero," according to NBC News on March 31.

Initially, officials reported the last words to be, "Alright, good night." They also said those words were uttered by the co-pilot. Now authorities also say they are still conducting a forensic investigation to determine which pilot was speaking.

That, even though the airline's chief executive said two weeks ago that the co-pilot was the speaker. This latest discrepancy comes on the heels of numerous changing stories about what the final moments of Flight MH370 were.

Read: Debris found over the weekend not related to missing jet.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared March 8 while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers and crew on board. The investigation into what happened has been plagued by false leads and conflicting information.

This has been excruciatingly difficult for families of the missing passengers. Just last week they were told everyone on board had died. Then on Saturday, Malaysia's acting transportation minister said there might be survivors, according to CNN.

Debris found over the weekend gave hopes which were soon dashed. The items retrieved from the South Indian Ocean were said to be fishing equipment.

Investigators are scrambling to locate the black box from the Malaysian Airlines jet as the final days of battery life for the plane's black box wind down.

"This investigation is an example of what not to do," said James Hall, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board last week. "Everything they do, they change."