Malaysia to release satellite data on missing MH370 jet

Malaysia has said it will publicly release Inmarsat satellite data used to narrow down the search for the missing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the interest of "greater transparency".

Some relatives of the 239 passengers on the missing jet plane have called for the raw satellite data to be made public for independent analysis.

Malaysia is set to release satellite data from missing MH370 jet. Credit: Reuters

The Civil Aviation Department and British satellite company said in a joint statement they would release the data "in line with our commitment to greater transparency".

"In moving forward it is imperative for us to provide helpful information to the next of kin and general public, which will include the data communication logs as well as relevant explanation to enable the reader to understand the data provided," the statement added.

It did not say when the data will be released.

Signals suggest MH370 veered off course and ended up in the Indian Ocean after it went missing on 8 March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, according to the Malaysian government.