The US Navy said it is not going to allow the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be retrieved from the sea floor in search of clues about the cause of the plane’s disappearance.
“The black boxes have already been retrieved and have been sent to the Malaysian Government, and they will be returned,” Rear Adm.
John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday.
“If we were to go back to the sea bed and try and find the black box, it would be too dangerous to do that,” Kirby said.
“We will not allow that to happen.”
The US is not alone in its reluctance to take a chance on finding the blackboxes.
Japan has already refused to allow a US Navy ship to return to the site of the crashed plane, and France has ruled out the return of black boxes.
The plane disappeared in March 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
The plane disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, carrying 239 people, the last passenger on board, the pilot and a co-pilot.
In a statement on Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he would not allow the return to be “reminiscent of the days of the Second World War”.
“We do not want to see a reprise of the terrible tragedies of World War II,” he said.
“The time has come for Malaysia to show the world that we are united in our grief.”
The search for MH370 has been dogged by conflicting reports about what caused the plane to fly out of Kuala Lumpur and crash in the Indian Ocean.
Malaysia’s Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has said there was no evidence of any mechanical failure.
Meanwhile, investigators from Malaysia and the US are continuing to comb the sea floors off the coast of the southern Indian Ocean, where debris from the plane has been found.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have been deployed in the search area.