MH370: Support group, next-of-kin unhappy with underwater search suspension

Jan 17, 2017


The Voice 370 group is dismayed to note the latest joint communiqué announcing the suspension of the underwater search.

The proposed tripartite meeting appears to have been a mere smokescreen and the First Principles Review now appears a wasted exercise, said the MH370 family support group via a statement.

“First principles Review Report released on Dec, 20 1026 by the Australia Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recommended a new search area of 25,000 square kilometres north of the present one.

“Expecting to determine the ‘precise location of the aircraft’ before continuing the search was at best an erroneous expectation and at worst a clever formulation to bury the search.

“Why would you need to search if you already knew the precise location of the aircraft?

“In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety.

“Commercial planes cannot just be allowed to disappear without a trace. Having already searched the 120,000 square kilometres, stopping at this stage is nothing short of irresponsible and betrays a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendations of an array of official experts assembled by the authorities themselves.” highlighted in the statement

The group appeals to Malaysia, China and Australia to reconsider the decision to suspend the search.

They also appeal to all nations, the ICAO, the civil aviation industry, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, civil society organisations and the flying public across the world to prevail upon the aforementioned countries to continue the search based on the best advise and the latest evidence, analysis and recommendations offered by the First Principle Review.

Voice 370 acknowledges the tremendous effort of the nations involved thus far and the tremendous support from media organisations worldwide.

Meanwhile, Grace Subathirai Nathan told Malaysia Outlook via a text message that “The statement is totally unacceptable and what was the purpose of the independent review? A waste of time?”

She added that the recommendation is an additional 25,000 square kilometres an area narrower than ever before.

“If money is a concern, prioritise within this area and our repeated appeal that Malaysia search to a wider audience for funding has been ignored. Our request to meet the Ministry of Transport also was ignored,” stressed Grace.

Her mother, Anne Daisy, was on MH370 when it disappeared in March 2014.

Earlier today, the joint tripartite communiqué announced that the underwater search for MH370 has been suspended.

The tripartite consist of Malaysia, China and Australia.