Two years later, the search for MH370 continues

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Next-of-kin told Channel NewsAsia that they were disappointed by the scarcity of details on recent findings of potential debris on Reunion Island and Mozambique.

777 that vanished from radar on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur has become modern aviation’s biggest mystery.
Two new pieces of debris found in the past week have raised anticipation ahead of the anniversary, but are yet to be confirmed as from MH370.
An official in prefecture, or French state body, Michael Masseaux, said an initial examination of the part would normally be handled by the gendarmerie before deciding whether the piece should be sent to mainland France for further investigation. Verdicts might not come for two years, he added.
“This is in line with the Montreal Convention, which requires next of kin of victims to file for compensation within two years of the incident”, he said.
“We owe it to their memory and to the loved ones who mourn them, to honour the undertaking to complete the search of the area experts have determined as most likely to contain the missing aircraft”, Mr Chester said.
The anniversary rolls around with relatives increasingly anxious over plans to end the challenging search for an Indian Ocean crash site and with Malaysia Airlines facing a slew of lawsuits over the disaster.
Under global agreements, relatives have two years following an air accident to begin legal action.
The requirements for the one-minute tracking and flight recorder data are performance-based, meaning individual airlines and plane-makers can choose the best option for them, from among existing and emerging technologies, ICAO said. He said most were Chinese, along with an American and a few Indians.
He said: “We’re not at that point yet, but sooner or later we will be and we will have to explain to governments what the alternative is”.
On March 8, the Malaysian authorities will release more information about the new debris and the search.
Malaysia AirlinesStill, the man overseeing one of the most complex searches ever conducted seems remarkably unfazed.
The lawsuit named the airline, the Malaysian government and its air force and civil aviation department, he said.
“I’m not sure what happened with the last turn towards the right, that could have been because of a lack of oxygen”.
Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, has been reported as saying that without any new lead and fresh clues, the hunt should end in June, approximately three months from now when four ships – Go Phoenix, Fugro Equator, Fugro Discovery and Fugro Supporter – are due to finish combing the seas off western Australia.
“We want to know and we have a right to know”.
Malaysian and French authorities said past year that an aircraft flaperon found on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion belonged to the missing plane.
Gibson said half an hour after they started searching the sandbank, the tour guide spotted the piece lying on top of the sand and quickly called him over.