Home > News > Nation
Saturday May 10, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday May 10, 2014 MYT 8:55:22 AM
by tho xin yi
BEIJING: The next of kin of the passengers and crew of Flight MH370 have formed Voice370, short for MH370 Victims Families and Crew Association.
In an open letter signed by family members from China, Malaysia, the United States, New Zealand and India, it urged the Malaysian Government to release the raw Inmarsat data so that “it can be subject to broader analysis by relevant experts”.
“The Inmarsat satellite data is the only lead we have and is key in identifying MH370’s flight path after the plane vanished from civilian radar screens on March 8.
“In view of the lack of emergency locator transmitter activation and zero debris, we feel it is necessary that the data be subject to independent third-party review,” said Voice370, which claims to represents 800 family members so far.
The letter, addressed to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chinese President Xi Jinping, also requested the Joint Agency Coordination Centre to release the pings recorded by the towed pinger locator.
Meanwhile, family members of Chinese passengers claimed they had not been updated on the search effort since they left Lido Hotel here a week ago.
One of them, Steven Wang, said Malaysia Airlines had not been in contact via phone or e-mail.
“For instance, it was reported that the experts would re-analyse the data and information pertaining to the flight.
“We have to find out about this from the media,” Wang said.
Jiang Hui, another family member, added that the families hoped to be given the Chinese version of the preliminary report released on May 1.
On advance compensation promised by MAS, Jiang said the timing did not appear to be right.
“It is not the time to initiate the payment
of compensation. The Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, or Montreal Convention, provides that compensation should be given in case of death or injury of passengers.
“In the case of MH370, it is not suitable to issue compensation payment yet,” said Jiang.
Tags / Keywords:
Travel, Travel, mh370, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIAN AIRLINES, missing flight, MH370, Malaysia Airlines, KLIA
MH370: Raw satellite data released
DCA releases raw satellite data on Flight MH370
MH370: DCA sets up special email for enquiries over raw data
Missing MH370: Raw satellite data to be released tomorrow, says Hisham
MH370: ‘Raw data to be released soon’
Zahid slams banner vandal
Dogs drown as flash floods strike Kajang animal shelter during staff Christmas party
Access to popular porn website blocked
Kelantan floods worsen with over 21,000 victims evacuated
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Africa – surfing capital of the world
Bee propolis offers hope for the balding
Apple co-founder Wozniak sceptical on smartwatches, Google Glass
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)