Chinese Family Members Question Motive Behind MH370 Declaration

- VOA News William Ide,August 7, 2015

Malaysia’s announcement that debris found off a French island belongs to the plane at the heart of the world’s biggest airline mystery, has done little to answer the persistent questions of Chinese families of those on board the flight.

In Beijing, Chinese family members and relatives of those on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 say the announcement made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has only fueled their anger and frustration. 

One of their biggest concerns and questions is why the announcement was made, even when some have yet to give a final confirmation that the debris indeed belongs to MH370.

'Irresponsible'

Steve Wang, whose mother was on board the Beijing bound flight that went missing more than 500 days ago, calls the announcement irresponsible.

“If you don’t have 100 percent (certainty), it is 99.9 percent and that it is still a might be. I don’t know why (Prime Minister) Najib wanted to give such kind of a conclusion in such a hurry,” Wang said.

Another family member who spoke with VOA on condition of anonymity says the decision to make a hurried announcement before France issued a final conclusion is not only irresponsible, but raises questions about Malaysia’s true intentions.

Family members say they are not in denial, but that they owe it to their loved ones to not just declare them lost without 100 percent certainty about what happened to the flight.

Questions remain

In his announcement, Malaysia’s prime minister said an international team of experts had “conclusively confirmed” that the debris belong to the missing plane. However, prosecutors in France, where the debris is being examined, say there is a “very strong presumption” that the portion of a wing that was found belongs to the plane.

Chinese family members say that both French investigators and Boeing – the maker of the aircraft – should confirm that the flaperon belongs to the MH370.

On Thursday, officials couched their comments about the development. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that the search for the missing plane would continue, adding that “once the French team confirms” the debris belongs to the plane, a further analysis of currents, drifts and winds would begin.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur for a regional conference,  told reporters that the discovery of the flap on Reunion Island has once again opened wounds.

"The U.S. hopes that the debris that was discovered on Reunion Island — if it is found to be conclusively from the aircraft — will help to bring some sense of closure," and perhaps help narrow the search area for the plane, Kerry said.

Full investigation

China’s Foreign Ministry expressed its sorrow and sympathy for the families of those on board and urged Malaysia to make good on its commitment to fully investigate the crash.

"We advise Malaysia to give some further explanation to the passengers' relatives based on the development of the situation," said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. "I think we must give full consideration to the passengers relatives and those on board and give full consideration to the sufferings they have been through."

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 and is believed to have gone down in the Indian Ocean, nearly 4,000 kilometers away from where the debris was found on Reunion Island.

中国家属不满马来西亚过早宣布残片来自马航

- 美国之音艾德,2015年8月7日

马来西亚星期三宣布调查证实在印度洋法属岛屿上发现的飞机残片属于失踪马航班机,但这并没有回答中国遇难者家属一直以来的许多疑问。

中国乘客的亲属星期四在北京说,马来西亚总理的宣布只是让他们更加感到愤慨和失望。他们最关注的问题之一是马来西亚为何在有关方面尚未最后证实残片来源的情况下急于宣布。

史蒂夫·王的母亲在失踪了500多天的的马航客机上。王先生说,马来西亚的宣布是不负责任的。他说,“如果没有百分之百的把握,即使有百分之99.9的把握,那也是一个可能。 我不知道纳吉布总理为什么如此急于给出结论。”

另一位不愿透露姓名的家属对美国之音说,在法国公布最后结论之前匆忙宣布不仅是不负责任的,而且让人对马来西亚的真实意图产生怀疑。

家属们说,他们不是否认现实,但要对得起机上的亲人,在百分之百确定马航班机遭遇之前不能就这样宣布说他们已不存在了。

并非所有人都证实残骸来自失踪飞机

马来西亚总理在做出上述宣布时表示,一个国际专家团队已经“得出确切的结论,证实”那片残骸属于失踪飞机。但是,法国的检察官则表示,“人们强烈认为”那片被发现的残骸属于失踪飞机。目前,那片残骸正在法国检查。

中国乘客家属表示,法国调查人员和飞机制造商波音飞机公司都应当证实那片襟副翼属于马航370班机。

星期四,有关官员在发表评论时措辞谨慎。澳大利亚外长毕肖普证实,搜寻失踪飞机的活动将继续进行。她说,“一旦法国调查团队证实”残骸碎片属于失踪飞机,有关方面将开始分析洋流,漂浮物以及风向。

在马来西亚首都吉隆坡参加一个地区会议的美国国务卿克里对记者说,在留尼汪岛找到的那块残骸碎片假如证实是来自失踪飞机,将有助于让难属感到某种了结,而且或许也可能有助于缩小失踪飞机搜索范围。

中国希望马来西亚全面调查

中国外交部对遇难者亲属表示悲痛和同情,并敦促马来西亚履行承诺,对飞机失事进行全面调查。

中国外长王毅说,“我们要求马来西亚在情况发展的基础上给遇难乘客家属作出一些进一步的解释。我想,我们必须充分体谅遇难乘客家属和机上人员,充分体谅他们所经历的磨难。”

马航370航班2014年3月8日从吉隆坡飞往北京途中失踪。