Following the announcement by the Malaysian Prime Minister that Flight MH370 “ended in the Southern Indian Ocean,” the families of the passengers of the Malaysia Airlines plane issued a scathing statement criticizing the Malaysian authorities for their handling of the missing plane.
The statement, released on Monday afternoon reads:
“At 10pm on March 25, the Malaysian prime minister sent a statement to the families of MH370 passengers without any direct evidence that MH370 crashed in the south Indian ocean and no people survived. From March 8 when they announced that MH370 lost contact to today, 18 days have passed during which the Malaysian government and military constantly tried to delay, deceive the passengers’ families and cheat the whole world. This shameless behaviour not only fooled and hurt the families of the 154 passengers but also misguided and delayed rescue actions, wasting a large quantity of human resources and materials and lost valuable time for the rescue effort. If the 154 passengers did lose their lives, Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysian government and military are the real executioners who killed them. We the families of those on board submit our strongest protest against them. We will take every possible means to pursue the unforgivable crimes and responsibility of all three.”
— Lucy Watson (@lucywatsonitv) March 24, 2014
Before the PM’s brief news conference in which he announced to the world that analysis of the data provided to the Malaysian investigators indicates that Flight MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia, the families were informed of the news via a text message.
“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
The Malaysian government has been heavily criticized for giving erroneous information when the plane first when missing, wasting precious resources and time searching in the wrong area and being insensitive to the families of Flight MH370.
Furthermore, the world has seen the uncaring way in which the family members of the 239 passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines lost plane have been treated, after the media captured security dragging a mourning mother away during a press conference to update reporters last week.
Many are still skeptical at why the Malaysian PM suggests with certainty that the debris found west of the city of Perth, Australia is indeed that of the missing Flight MH370 without actually having located the wreckage.
Many questions remain as to why Flight MH370 traveled as far as the Indian Ocean and why it turned around in the first place. The fact that the transponder and ACARS was deliberately turned off only adds to the uncertainty as to what happened in the cockpit in those last moments.
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