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(CNN) – There has been misinformation and corrections from the Malaysian authorities on whether wreckage of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 had been spotted where the last radar detection of the plane was, whether passengers checked in but didn't board the plane, on how the men who were using stolen passports.
At best, Malaysian officials have thus far been poor communicators, at worst, they are incompetent.
"This is the worst I've seen it," said former National Transportation Safety Board managing director Peter Goelz.
"There's a reason for this. You know, anytime there's an accident, an international one like this, there's chaos during the first 24, 36 hours. That's why there's a treaty that everyone signs, the Malaysians have signed," said Goelz.
The treaty, says Goelz, lays out how to take on an investigation of this magnitude, how to involve the other countries that have an interest, and how to control rumors and release factual information.
"To this day, the Malaysians have not followed that treaty," said Goelz.
For more of our interview with former NTSB official Peter Goelz, check out the video above.