Missing Malaysian Plane: Protests Go On Despite Ban
“We want them to give us the truth.”
On Tuesday as fierce winds and high waves prevented crews from searching the large area where Malaysian Flight 370 is said to have gone down, families of those on the flight protested outside of the Malaysian embassy despite China’s ban on protests.
The angry group left their hotel, shoving past police officers, and walked 40 minutes on foot to the embassy where they presented a Malaysian diplomat with a statement saying that they would consider Malaysian leaders to be “murderers” if evidence emerges that the crash was caused by missteps.
Even after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made a statement on Monday that Flight 370 went down in the southern part of the Indian Ocean, families of those on board do not believe it. They say no evidence has been produced.
“This is confirmation from government, but this information is not 100 per cent confirmed,” said Mohd Aizuddin, an imam at the KLIA mosque, where some Malaysia Airlines crew members routinely worship. “We still pray and hope.
“I will not blame my government,” Aizuddin added, “but for normal people I understand. It’s too fast.”
But new information from the British satellite firm Inmarsat suggests that Flight 370 ended in a remote area of the ocean, approximately 2400 kilometers off the southwest coast of Perth, Australia, between 8:11 and 9:15 a.m. on March 8, seven hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.
“We want to know the truth, but we are afraid the debris of the plane should be found,” said Wang Chunjiang, whose brother was on the plane. “If they find debris, then our last hope would be dashed. We will not have even the slightest hope.”
Yesterday Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that a debris field containing approximately 122 objects, ranging from 1 meter to 23 meters, was seen by a French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean.
“It’s the most credible lead we have,” he said. “If it is confirmed to be MH370, at least we can then we can move on to the next phase of deep sea surveillance search.”
“This is about the most inaccessible spot imaginable,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Seven Network television. “It’s thousands of kilometers from anywhere … but we will do what we can to solve this riddle.”
In the meantime, the first legal filing on behalf of a passenger has occurred.
A U.S. law firm representing the father of a 24-year-old Indonesian passenger filed a petition for discovery against Boeing Co. and Malaysia Airlines, a move that could be a “multimillion-dollar litigation process.”
Gary Logan, a Las Vegas attorney who handles aviation accident suits, said, “The big target would be Boeing because the families could sue in U.S. courts. The U.S. is the place to be in terms of collecting damages.”
Executives of Malaysian Airlines said Tuesday that they will pay $5,000 to each of the families of the 227 passengers, but that provides little comfort when so many questions remain.
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