The end of searching for MH370


I have to admit that I feel extremely uneasy about the end of the search for the missing Malaysian Boeing 777, flight MH370. I just can’t make myself understand why “we" don’t want to find out why the aircraft disappeared, why we allow ourselves to accept the search has ended, and I can’t even begin to imagine the frustration and desparation the relatives of it’s passengers must feel. Before anything else is said, B777 is an increadible aircraft and for future generations, I don’t think we can allow ourselves to give up looking for the reason behind it’s strange disappearance. Whether the aircraft was deliberately controlled away from it’s route, or if there was some kind of fault with the aircraft, we just can’t accept ending the search.†

It’s not like my opinion will ever matter, but I feel a strong urge to voice my frustration and opinion on the end of searching for MH370. Had I been one of the passengers on this flight, I would have wanted someone to continue investigating why I had to end my life in such mysterious circumstances, and to make sure it would never happen again in the future. As the jet disappeared in March 2014, we are now more than 3 years further ahead, and we still don’t know what really happened that fateful flight.†


Voice370 is a group of people with a connection to the relatives on board the missing aircraft, which still lobbies for someone to take more responsability and continue the search for the aircraft. Prayers have been handed to the Malaysian Transport Minister asking him to resume the search. During a meeting with relatives and Voice370 in Perth, Australia, recently, the Transport Minister was positive to a further investigation, but made no promises as to whether the †search would be resumed. The underwater search would only be restarted if “credible new evidence” as the plane’s whereabouts was discovered. Work on studying the debris found so far would also be continued, as well as “above-surface” search for more debris. During the same meeting dockside the search vessel FUGRO EQUATOR in Perth, Australia, the Transportation Minister also contradicted an earlier statement from his deputy that the Malaysian government was offering a reward to any private company that found the plane’s fuselage. That particular statement had been the personal opinion of the deputy, and not an official proposal by the government.†


The search had cost nearly US$160 million, and the deep sea sonar had failed to find any trace of the aircraft. The Australian Transport Minister denied the effort had been a failure, as 120.000 sq.km of ocean floor had been eliminiated as the crash site.†


Several relatives of the 239 passengers on board MH370 have fiercely criticised the descision to end the search before finding their loved ones, and called the officials to scour a new 25.000 sq.km area immediately to the north of the old search zone that a group of international investigators recently identified as a more likely resting place for the missing jet. The investigators had recalculated and re-analyzed the sattelite data that tracked the plane’s movements, and at the same time looking at the new drift analysis of debris that was washed ashore on coastlines trhoughout the Indian ocean. These experts recommended in a report recently released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, that the new area must be searched as well. They stated that “it’s highly likely that the area now defined by the experts, contains the aircraft, but at the same time, that it’s also not for certain”.†


The investigator's recommended location was not precises enough to be considered “credible evidence” good enough to start a new search, the representatives from Malaysia, Australia and China stated.†

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