Seeking the truth over the MH370 tragedy

Nothing new except that an ‘unlawful intervention of a 3rd party’ had taken control of missing flight

By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

The families of MH370 victims were expecting to find some closure or even clues behind the tragedy that took their loved ones more than four years ago. But for many, they are still left in the dark.

What was supposed to be the “final report” of the ill-fated flight that claimed the lives of 239 passengers and crews, the latest dossier only offered crumbs except that an “unlawful intervention of a third party” had taken control of the flight, which was en route to Beijing.

The third party had ended all communication before he or she steered the plane onto a new course and plunged into the ocean. The search for the plane had been futile despite millions of dollars having been spent by related governments. The 1,500-page investigative report was released by the government yesterday in Putrajaya. But it offered limited new clues over the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane.

Relatives of some of the 239 passengers and crew on board MH370 said the new report did not offer anything “new”. It mainly covered safety aspects of the investigation and points which had been speculated before.

Intan claims the details of the cargo manifest and cabin crew were not consistent with what had been previously reported (Pic by Muhd Amin Naharul/TMR)

Many had hoped for new leads that would unravel the truth behind the tragedy, which has been described as the most mysterious disappearance in aviation history. Intan Maizura Othaman, the wife of flight steward Mohd Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan, was “frustrated” by the lapses in the data presented. She also claimed that details of the cargo manifest and cabin crew were not consistent with what had been previously reported.

“We do feel that we have been let down. We have been waiting for an answer, but a number of the data appeared to have been manipulated. How can they expect us to believe anything in there?” Intan said after the briefing to family members in Putrajaya yesterday.

Grace Nathan, daughter of passenger Anne Daisy, also questioned the reliability of the information given by the safety investigation team.

“We are not sure if they have accurate information or not,” she said. “It is worrying that they seem to not have a very good answer (of what happened).”

Grace later took to Facebook to express her dismay on the report.

“Ladies and gentlemen, after 4.5 years of investigation the conclusion… is: 1. We don’t know what happened. 2. We don’t know why it happened. 3. We don’t know how it happened. 4. We don’t know if anything is going to be done about it,” she wrote in a post.

“Four years on, we are none the wiser,” she added.

Jacquita Gonzales, the spouse of MH370 flight steward Patrick Gomes, hopes that the government will not give up on the search for the doomed aircraft and will continue to provide information that would offer new light over the loss.

“How extra they went to investigate, we don’t know. It is not that we do not thank them (the team) for what they have done — the hours, months and years that they’ve put in.

“But if you want to find something, you have to really dig deep,” she said.

Hard copies of the report were distributed to the families of those on board the flight during a three-hour closed-door meeting with the MH370 Safety Investigation Team led by Datuk Kok Soo Chon.

The report suggested that the flight was deliberately turned around by a third party before it ended in the ocean.