Ten months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar, officials have finally ruled the disappearance nothing more than an accident. This finding also rules out the possibility that there were any survivors. Not only does this give closure to the families of the 239 people who died on board the flight, but it also opens the door for airlines to finally pay settlements to these families.
The director general for the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, Azharuddin Abudl Rahman, said that it is with a very heavy heart and deep sorrow that they finally declare Flight 370 an accident. All of the passengers and crew members who were on board the flight are presumed to have lost their lives in the accident.
On March 8, 2014, this Malaysia Airlines flight vanished from radar while on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Official reports believe that the plane went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean. They have been unable to locate the plane because they believe that it travelled far off its intended course. As a result, no debris has been found.
Of course, the families who had love ones on the flight believe that the airline and the government is giving up on the search too soon. They want to know the truth behind why the plane went down. This is something that experts cannot determine until they find the flight deck recorder.
Wang Chunjian, who said he lost his brother on that flight, said that the airline and government have no evidence at all. How are they able to come to this conclusion? The Chinese New Year is just about to take place, so why would they choose now of all times to make this terrible announcement?
However, airline officials say that they are not giving up on the finding the plane. The declaration that the disappearance was an accident has nothing to do with the search at all. All it does is open the door for the airline to finally settle with families who lost loved ones. This settlement will be one that the governments of Australia, China and Malaysia agree on.
Li Keqiang, the Chinese Premier, said that they hope that the Malaysian side keeps its promise to fully investigate this accident. However, they also need to make peace with the families and settle all claims. These families cannot wait until the plane is found before they receive some kind of settlement for their losses. For the time being, investigators are still searching the Indian Ocean.