'A Real Letdown': MH370 Report Fails To Give Answers To Families
Australian relatives of those killed in the MH370 disaster say the inconclusive investigation report leaves no option but to start the search again in the Indian Ocean.
On Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Danica Weeks is raising her two sons alone. And still without answers.
“The report was a real letdown,” she says. “It was just a mix of words that in the end really told us nothing.”
Danica lost her husband Paul when the Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing ended up, inexplicably, in the Indian Ocean, thousands of kilometres off track.
Four years on, her sons still cry for their Dad.
“I think the worst part is the not knowing,” she said.
“They want to visit where (their) Dad’s buried… and we just don’t have that.”
The Flight Safety Investigation report, delivered yesterday after a multi-national effort, ends with the mystery unresolved.
“The Team is unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370,” it concludes.
Melbourne-based MH370 widow Jennifer Chong travelled to Malaysia for the report’s release. She slammed it on Twitter as “unacceptable.”
It does, however, answer some questions.
The Boeing 777 had no mechanical malfunctions or defects.
There is no evidence to support one favourite social media theory: that someone remotely interfered with its flight path.
It was a human hand that turned off the radar transponder and put the plane through a series of turns that ended ultimately over the Indian Ocean.
By clear inference, it was mass murder carried out by someone on board. But which pilot was responsible and whether they were acting under threats or duress is unknowable.
“No matter what we do,” said Chief Investigator Kok Soo Chon, “we cannot exclude the actions of a third person or a third party or unlawful interference.”
Weeks says the Malaysian Government has the “contractual and moral obligation” to find the answers. And that can only come from finding the plane.
The final search was called off in May.
“We hope they’ll search again,” she said.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is currently in East Timor. She goes to Malaysia next week and will raise the MH370 case with her counterpart.
“The Australian government stands ready to support the Malaysian government in any further attempts to solve the mystery,” she says.