Next-of-kin thankful that search for MH370 being extended


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  • Friday, 17 Apr 2015

interview MH370 family member Grace Subathirai Nathan for first anniversary of MH370. .. -- M. Azhar Arif/The Star 4 Mac 2015

PETALING JAYA: Families of passengers and crew of Flight MH370 are thankful that the search for the missing plane is being extended.

They said they were grateful to the Malaysian, Australian and Chinese governments for their commitment to locating the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft.

Some of them, however, wonder whether the southern Indian Ocean was the right place to search since nothing – not even small debris – has been found in more than a year.

Grace Subathirai Nathan (pic), the daughter of passenger Ann Daisy, expressed her deepest gratitude to the three governments and hoped the search would go on “until it (the plane) is eventually found”.

Calvin Shim, husband of stewardess Tan Ser Kuin, said news that 60,000 sq km would next be covered by search vessels after the current phase is over, puts an end to months of worrying for the next-of-kin who have been fearful that the search would be called off.

Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau

But some family members, like Lee Khim Fatt, whose wife is stewardess Foong Wai Yueng, are growing sceptical over whether the authorities are searching in the right area.

“Why are they so confident of the satellite data and that the plane can only be there?” he said.

He said several villagers in the Maldives reportedly saw a plane that looked like the Boeing 777 flying low over the island nation during the time MH370 disappeared.

“Can’t they send people to verify what the Maldivians claim?” he said.

The Maldives are thousands of kilometres away from the area being searched.

Mohammad Sahril Shaari, the cousin of passenger Mohammad Razahan Zamani, said that if the plane was in the search area, wreckage would have been found by now.

“They have been there for over a year and haven’t even found a luggage bag,” he said.

He said he was afraid that the search teams were just wasting time looking in the wrong place.

Related stories:

A letter from grieving wife of in-flight supervisor

Officials insist missing plane in southern Indian Ocean

Worldwide support for next-of-kin

No let-up in MH370 search

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