Disappearance Of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Declared An Accident, Search For Survivors End

Angelica N. Sumter

The Malaysian government has confirmed on Thursday the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is declared an accident, and the search for the 239 passengers and crew on board has been called off; however, the search for the missing Boeing 777 will proceed. A criminal investigation will also take place, according to NBC News.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the general director of Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation, released a statement after MH 370 was declared an accident saying, as of now, "all 239 passengers are presumed dead."

"It is therefore, with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that, on behalf of the government of Malaysia, we officially declare Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident. All 239 of the passengers and crew on board MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives."

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"They have found nothing," said Li Jingxin whose brother is a passenger on the missing jet.

"With nothing found, how can they make any announcement?''

However, after 10 months of searching for the missing Boeing 777, there is still no word on what happened to MH 370. They do believe the plane flew for several hours after take-off before ending in the southern Indian Ocean.

Richard Wescott – BCC correspondent – stated that the MH 370 "declared an accident" maneuver was executed to help the families of the victims claim compensation from either the airline or the insurers. Although a fixed amount has not been determined, many believe it will take years for the families to receive the money, according to BBC News.

"We call on the Malaysian side to honor the promise made when they declared the flight to have been lost and earnestly fulfil [sic] their compensation responsibilities," Hua Chunying stated, a Chinese spokeswoman.

However, some of the families will not be accepting compensation from the airlines nor the insurers, because they don't accept the decision made by the Malaysian government to declare MH 370 an accident without any proof that their loved ones are dead.

The Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, told reporters about the families of the victims settling claims.

"We hope the Malaysian side honors its promises and fully investigates the incident, settling claims and making peace with the families, especially continuing to make all efforts to find the missing plane and its passengers,"