Thursday, March 3, 2016

MAS to mark MH370 anniversary with families of crew

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will hold a private gathering to mark the second anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 two years ago. MAS said the private gathering would be attended only by families of the its crew who were onboard the Boeing 777-200ER jetliner whose final flight path ended in the southern Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. "We acknowledge that each family involved will want to mark the occasion in its own way. "As the many families involved gather privately to remember their loved ones who were on MH370, we will assemble the Malaysia Airlines families (of the crew) to devote time to our own private reflection and remembrance," it told Bernama in an e-mail today. MH370 was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it vanished from the radar screen while enroute to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on that fateful day. The aircraft has yet to be found although massive search operations were conducted in the southern Indian Ocean. On July 29 last year, a flaperon found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean was sent to France for analysis. On August 6 last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak confirmed the flaperon belonged to MH370, and the search continued for the aircraft. Yesterday, it was reported that the object found on a sandbank in the Mozambique Channel could be debris from a Boeing 777, and was being examined by investigators searching for the missing MH370. In response, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said there was no confirmation the debris belonged to MH370 and that it was currently being verified by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), together with Australian counterparts, before retrieving the debris. Today, Liow said the process of determining whether the debris found in Mozambique belonged to flight MH370 would take some time because it involved a number of procedures. – Bernama, March 3, 2016.]]>

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