Flight MH370: Are Search Crews Giving Up Soon? Malaysian Gov't. to Issue Death Certificates to Outraged Families

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By Reissa Su | April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EST

As the submarine drone is nearing the end of its mission to search for the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, families and relatives of the plane's passengers and crew became even angrier with the Malaysian government for planning to issue them death certificates. Talks of death certificates and financial aid were dismissed by families who were still hoping for nothing short of a miracle at this point.

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A relative of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines MH370 puts her message on a message board dedicated to the passengers at the Lido Hotel in Beijing April 1, 2014.

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According to reports, Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin had seemed to be in pain when he said the officials were trying to be "fair" to the families and relatives of those aboard Flight MH370 that went missing on March 8.

In a press conference in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur, Mr Zainuddin announced that financial assistance will be provided as authorities want to be fair to everyone. He said they don't only talk to the next of kin and representatives from China.

Mr Zainuddin added that the families of those onboard have endured an "excruciating time." He currently heads a committee to take care of the needs of families.  The minister will be leaving for Beijing to support the bilateral relations between China and Malaysia. Most of the 227 passengers in the lost Flight MH370 were Chinese. Their families were not satisfied with the way the Malaysian authorities were handling the investigation and suspected a cover-up.

The search for Flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia's Perth has been going on for weeks but no sign of the missing plane has been found. Search crews had found no evidence after checking the satellite images believed to be debris from the plane. Some families continue to hope their loved ones will be found alive.

A relative of one of the missing passengers, Salamat Omar, told Reuters he was still clinging to that hope since no one has found any sign of the plane in the sea and on land. He said "it's only logical that they're alive."

Cyclone threatens search efforts

Tropical Cyclone Jack is heading in the direction of the air search area for MH370. According to the Join Agency Coordination Centre on Perth, air search operations will be suspended due to bad weather. The tropical cyclone is expected to cause poor visibility in the heavy seas. The centre said any search effort will only become potentially hazardous.

Meanwhile, family members continue to criticise the Malaysian government for what they described as a "mismanaged" investigation. Sarah Bajc, the girlfriend of one missing American passenger Philip Wood, appeared on the Today show and said families wanted the investigation to start at "square one."

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A relative of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines MH370 puts her message on a message board dedicated to the passengers at the Lido Hotel in Beijing April 1, 2014.
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