Monday, March 07, 2016

Two years after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 and still no answer for grieving families

By Tuesday, Jacquita Gomes will have been waiting two years to know how her husband, an in-flight supervisor, met his death in one of aviation's great mysteries.
At a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian city that Patrick Gomes, along with 238 other people, departed on 8 March 2014 on board flight MH370, Ms Gomes said the families are fighting for the search to continue. "Our loved ones are not home yet, so how can we say it's the end?" She added: "I think we are done with the sobbing and wailing. We do cry in silence. We have faces full of smiles, but behind the smiles, there is sadness. We have not reached closure."
A search in the southern Indian Ocean has found no trace of the Boeing 777, though a wing part washed ashore on Reunion Island in the western Indian Ocean last July. The search is expected to end in June. Another suspected piece of the wreckage washed up in Mozambique last week.
Johny Begue, the man who found the wing fragment on Reunion Island, claimed to have found more mysterious debris, a square-shaped gray item with blue border, in nearly the same spot. A special gendarmerie air brigade in Saint Denis, the capital of Reunion, confirmed it received the item.
"We may never recover from this if it's classified as an aviation mystery and the case is then closed," the families of MH370 said in a statement. "If this is left unsolved, then how will we prevent it from happening again?"
Jiang Hui, a 41-year-old from China, said his life has been in limbo since he lost his 62-year-old mother, Jiang Cui Yun, who was aboard the plane. He said he lost his job as an IT engineer a few months after the tragedy due to depression. He said he filed a lawsuit in China on Friday against Malaysia Airlines, not for the money but in the hope that it will bring some answers to the mystery. "I want to let my mother know that I will not give up," said an emotional Mr Jiang.
07/03/16 Kristen Gelineau & Eileen Ng/Times of India
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