Sunday, March 04, 2018

Families of MH370 victims mark four year anniversary

Kuala Lumpur: The families of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passengers and crew have held a remembrance event in Kuala Lumpur, a week before the anniversary of the plane's disappearance four years ago.
The plane vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, including six Australians.

At the memorial, a Malaysian official spoke to media, saying the search for the missing flight by a US company will likely end in June.
Malaysia inked a "no cure, no fee" deal with Texas-based Ocean Infinity in January to resume the hunt for the plane, a year after the official search in the southern Indian Ocean by Australia, Malaysia and China was called off.
Ocean Infinity started the search on January 22 and has 90 search days to look for the plane. Malaysia's civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, said the 90-day term will spread over a few months because the search vessel has to refuel in Australia and bad weather could be a factor.
"The whole world, including the next of kin, have (new) hope to find the plane for closure," he told reporters on Saturday at a remembrance event at a shopping mall near Kuala Lumpur.
"For the aviation world, we want to know what exactly happened to the plane."
Since 2015 only two pieces of wreckage have been confirmed to be from the missing airliner, despite suspected debris found by Blaine Alan Gibson, a US private investigator who conducted his own search effort.
"I'm happy the search has been resumed," Blaine told media on Saturday.
04/03/18 Sydney Morning Herald