Bangkok: An association representing the families of the 239 passengers, who disappeared with Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014, on Sunday called for a fresh search to find the aircraft. Also Read - US Bans Second Malaysian Palm Oil Giant Over Forced Labour
At a public event held in Kuala Lumpur, a few days before the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, Voice 370 requested Malaysian authorities to start a fresh search, which would be the third since the disappearance of the plane, reported Efe news. Also Read - India Busts Malaysia-based Outfit’s Terror Attack Plot; Delhi, Ayodhya, West Bengal on Alert
“Many amongst us continue to struggle… Give us answers to what, why and how, and if it comes to it, who. Give us the truth,” said KS Narendran whose wife was on board MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared. Also Read - 'Muslims Have Right to be Angry & Kill Millions of French People': Ex-Malaysian PM Sparks Uproar
Grace Nathan, whose mother was also on board, called the tragedy an incurable wound and said that a new search would be an investment into improving global aeronautical security.
The event was also attended by the Malaysian Transport Minister, Anthony Loke who clarified that efforts to find the plane had not been abandoned.
He said that the Malaysian government welcomes any lead or credible evidence to restart the search.
Two previous searches, spread over one part of the Indian Ocean, had failed to locate the remains of the plane.
Oliver Plunkett, Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Infinity, the company who was in-charge of conducting the second search, had offered to launch a new search mission to track the seabed.
During Sunday’s event, flaperon, a part of the Boeing 777, was displayed to the public for the first time.
However, the whereabouts of the main part of the fuselage remain unknown.
The Beijing-bound MH370 had disappeared from the radar on March 8, 2014 about 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, when someone had turned off the communication systems and changed the aircraft’s route, according to official investigation.
Several pieces of debris had been recovered in the last five years on the east coast of Africa, that analysts confirmed to be part of the missing aircraft, a Boeing 777.
So far, 27 pieces have been recovered from the beaches of Reunion, Mozambique, Mauritius, South Africa and Pemba Island (Zanzibar), fragments that were swept away by the Indian Ocean currents, coinciding with the official hypothesis that the plane might have crashed into the Indian Ocean after running out of fuel.
Experts had confirmed that three fragments found in Reunion, Mauritius and Pemba belong to the MH370, while seven other pieces, including parts of the cabin interior, almost certainly belong to the same aircraft, and eight more pieces have a high probability of belonging to the same plane.