MH370 search: Families vent anger over inquiry

MH370 search: Families vent anger over inquiry

MH370 search: Families vent anger over inquiry

Written by Ranee Mohamed

06 Aug, 2015 | 8:40 pm

Relatives of those missing on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have vented anger at apparent mixed signals over whether part of the plane has been found. Malaysian PM Najib Razak said experts in France had “conclusively confirmed” the wing part found on an island in the Indian Ocean was from the aircraft.

But French investigators stopped short of confirming the link, only saying it was highly likely.Chinese relatives staged a protest outside the airline’s Beijing offices.

The Boeing 777 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014 when it vanished from radar. It had 239 people on board, most of them Chinese.

Debris found on the remote French island of Reunion a week ago – a wing part known as a flaperon – was the first possible physical trace of the aircraft. Experts in the French city of Toulouse resumed their tests on the object on Thursday.

In another development, the Malaysian transport minister said more suspected plane debris had been found on Reunion, including window panes and seat cushions.

Liow Tiong Lai said the items had been sent to French authorities to be verified.

However, French investigators quoted by AFP news agency said no new debris had been received.

Mr Liow also said elements of the flaperon, including the paint colour, matched with maintenance records for the missing flight.

The lack of unity over whether parts of MH370 had been found has angered many of the families of those missing.

-BBC

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