World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of MH370 passengers expressed their emotions in social networking sites and statements over yesterday’s decision by the committee – made up of Malaysia, China and Australia – to cease MH370 search operations after completing the initially earmarked 120,000 square kilometers.
Jacquita Gonzales, wife of Flight MH370 inflight supervisor Patrick Gomes, told Anadolu Agency that the suspension was made abruptly, providing no closure to the family members or the various investigations of the missing aircraft.
She questioned why the tripartite committee failed to take heed of the MH370 interim report, which suggested that the main aircraft body might be 25,000 square kilometers away from the current search area.
"We are still puzzled by what happened to the aircraft. At one end, the search has been ceased while at the other, [the interim] report suggested a different search area," she said in a telephone interview.
Selamat Omar, the father of MH370’s flight engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, echoed this view.
He said the tripartite committee must explain why it decided to stop the search operations while the interim report suggested for deepening search efforts.
"It is funny when the search team has given them new areas, and these are the people that they are working with and now, it seems they don't trust their own findings.
"They have searched all this for nearly three years. Why not go there and search the recommended 25,000 square kilometers and give it a last try, one last time? If they can't find anything, then they can suspend it," he stressed.