Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Search Update: Passengers’ Kin Join The Hunt, Hoping They Are ‘Still Alive’; Difficult Search Phase Ahead
By jaskiran kaur | August 25, 2014 3:07 PM EST
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remains a mystery even after five months of its disappearance. Despite extensive international search effort, the investigators have not found any kind of debris or traces of the missing Boeing 777. According to the latest update about the MH370 search, relatives of the passengers of the plane are connecting to resolve the mystery that has left everyone baffled.
According to AFP report (via Sydney Morning Herald), Jimmy Wang the son of a Chinese passengers onboard missing MH370 has started his own search mission. After losing his father Wang Lijun, the physics student is now dedicating his evening time in reportedly "combing through aviation blogs for Boeing 777 technical specs." It is said he is sharing this information with relatives of other missing passengers of MH370.
The report notes that the 31-year-old Jimmy Wang is not the only one trying to solve the mystery. He has been joined by "hundreds" of other grieving relatives in the campaign. Jimmy Wang is a student who dropped his graduation college in Sweden to support his mother after his father went missing.
"Malaysia Airlines and others are not doing their jobs, so we have to organise," Jimmy Wang said while speaking to the media outlet on Skype from his Anyang home.
He refuses to live in oblivion and wants to find answers to the questions related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and his father's disappearance.
The campaign named Voice370 has been organised on the Internet. The 300 members of the group interact and share related information through Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo, emails, skype and more. The report notes that the group "receives and debates advice from aviation, legal and other experts."
"I feel compelled to do everything in my power to find Philip. We owe it to them," Sarah Bajc the American passenger Philip Wood's partner said.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 after losing contact with radars. The missing Boeing 777 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. On March 24, 2014, the Malaysian government announced that the plane "went down" in the southern Indian Ocean. However, in the absence of debris, Voice370 demanded to view the satellite date of MH370 proving that the flight crashed in to the ocean. The group sent an open letter making their demands to the authorities in China, Australia and Malaysia. It is reported that the "information was eventually released but shed little light on what happened."
Meanwhile, the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues. According to the BBC, the next phase of the search mission is going to be "very challenging in places." The Dutch vessel Fugro Equator and Chinese vessel Zhu Kezhen "are currently mapping" the search area and the search is most likely to resume in the end of Sept.
It is reported that in some places the seafloor is "extremely rugged." As per the Australian authorities the process could "take a year to complete."
According to The Malaysia Mail Online, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM) released a statement informing that some of the families and relatives of MH370 flight have not yet filed insurance hoping that their beloveds "are still alive" and may return. However, the company will try to get in touch with the relatives of victims of MH17 and MH370 and urge them to file the application for RM 7.1 million compensation.
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