Frustrated MH370 victims’ kin to hunt for debris
The families of those onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday said they would mount a debris-hunting trip to Madagascar to search for clues to what happened to the missing plane.
Investigators have identified six pieces of wreckage to have either definitely or almost certainly come from the jet, which vanished with 239 people while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.
Voice 370, a family association, said the debris collected so far has all been found off Africa’s east coast. “Despite these hugely important finds, there has been no systematic, organised search by any responsible party. This leaves the (next-of-kin) no other choice except to take it upon ourselves to do something to find answers and closure,” it said in a statement.
An ongoing search in the southern Indian Ocean, where the plane is believed to have crashed, has been fruitless and could be suspended soon.
Grace Subathirai Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was on the flight, said she would be going to Madagascar with three other Malaysians, two Chinese and a French next-of-kin. She said the group was financing the December 3 to December 11 trip from their own pockets.
“We hope to mobilise the fishing villagers and coastal population to be on constant lookout for new debris that could become new credible evidence,” she said.
The Voice 370 statement said the seven-member team would focus their search along high-potential sites based on drift modeling, largely focusing in areas on and around Ile Saint Marie, a tropical island off Madagascar’s east coast.
The group said they might set up an incentive system using their own funds to encourage the search for debris, and will aim to set up a notification system and local collection point for potential aircraft debris.
So far, none of the six pieces of debris has helped narrow down the precise location of the main underwater wreckage. Investigators need to find that in order to locate the flight data recorders that could help explain why the plane veered so far off course.