Families of Flight MH370 Victims Unveil New Debris, Plead for Search to Continue
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The families of the victims of disappeared Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 unveiled five new pieces of aircraft debris and pleaded with the Malaysian Transportation Ministry to resume the search effort for the missing plane.
The families called the discovery of the new debris a “massive breakthrough” in a news conference on Friday. The Boeing 777-200ER jet disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Aviation experts think that the flight drifted thousands of miles off course and eventually plummeted somewhere into the Indian Ocean.
Families of the 239 passengers and crew on board the ill-fated flight held up the newly discovered small pieces of presumed aircraft and pleaded for officials to not stop looking for the plane.
“The fact that debris is still washing up now means that the investigation should still be live; it shouldn’t be closed,” Grace Nathan, the daughter of one of the missing passengers, said.
The debris was found in Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and officially presented to the Malaysian government, the Sun reports. As for re-opening the investigation, the nation’s transportation ministry said it was open to the idea, but would need strong evidence to continue.
“We are open to proposals, but we must have some credible leads before we decide,” Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke said.
At least 30 pieces of aircraft debris have washed up around the world. But only three of those pieces — wing fragments — have been confirmed to belong to the 777 that operated MH370.
The Malaysian government’s final report on the missing plane was released back in July. It was able to rule out several theories about the plane’s fate — like the pilots’ mental states, an aircraft malfunction, a fire on board and remote hacking of operation systems — that had been swirling about why the flight presumably crashed. But the final report left more questions than it gave answers, leaving many unsatisfied and one of aviation’s greatest mysteries still up for debate.
Featured image of Grace Nathan holding debris by Adli Ghazali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
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