Written by News 1st
25 Mar, 2014 | 7:13 am
Stormy weather grounded search planes scheduled to hunt for the Malaysia Airlines plane in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday, authorities said.
Gale-force winds, large waves, heavy rain and low clouds forecast for the area “would make any air and sea search activities hazardous and pose a risk to crew,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. Boats and aircraft will resume searching Wednesday if weather permits, officials said.
The unexpected delay in a search that has grabbed global attention came just hours after Malaysia’s Prime Minister confirmed the worst fears of the families of those aboard Flight 370, announcing that the missing plane went down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.
For families, some of whom had held out hope their relatives somehow were still alive, the news appeared to be devastating. At a briefing for relatives in Beijing, some were overcome and had to be taken from a hotel on stretchers. In Kuala Lumpur, a woman walked out of a briefing for families in tears.
A woman said outside the Beijing briefing,
[quote]My son, my daughter-in-law and granddaughter were all on board. All three family members are gone. I am desperate![/quote]
Another woman came out of the briefing room screaming, expressing doubts about the Malaysian conclusion.
[quote]Where is the proof? You haven’t confirmed the suspected objects to tell us no one survived.[/quote]
Sarah Bajc, the partner of one of three Americans aboard the flight, Philip Wood, canceled all media interviews after the announcement.
“I need closure to be certain, but cannot keep on with public efforts against all odds,” she wrote. “I still feel his presence, so perhaps it was his soul all along.”
A committee representing some of the families of the 154 Chinese and Taiwanese passengers aboard the missing aircraft sharply criticized the Malaysian government in a statement, accusing authorities of deliberate search delays and cover-ups, China’s state-run CCTV reported.
The statement said, according to CCTV,
[quote]If our 154 relatives aboard lost their lives due to such reasons, then Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysian government and the Malaysian military are the real murderers that killed them.[/quote]
While investigators have yet to find even a piece of the plane, the Prime Minister based his announcement on what he described as unprecedented analysis of satellite data by British satellite provider Inmarsat and the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch. He didn’t describe the nature of the analysis.
The Prime Minister’s statement came after the airline sent a text message to relatives saying it “deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those onboard survived.”
The airline said it was making plans to fly families to Australia once wreckage is found.
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