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MH370 search: Families to comb Madagascar beaches for debris

MH370 search: Families to comb Madagascar beaches for debris

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The families of those lost aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing in 2014 arrived in Madagascar on Saturday, on a mission to comb the beaches of Madagascar this week in the hope of finding debris from the plane.

They have also criticised Malaysian investigators for not doing enough to find debris, which could reveal more clues about what happened, UK’s Guardian reports.

Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, sparking a search in the southern Indian Ocean that is still going on.

According to the Guardian, many families say they have been dismayed by the failure of the deep-sea debris search more than 1,000 miles off Australia’s western coast, and by what they say is an apparent lack of interest from Malaysian authorities in the growing amount of debris washing up on the other side of the Indian Ocean.

“It’s been a thousand days since our relatives disappeared and today we still do not know anything about what happened, absolutely nothing,” said Ghislain Wattrelos, who lost his wife and two of His children in the crash.

“We do not know where our relatives are, we do not know where they disappeared, we do not know how they disappeared, so we the families have decided to take control of our destiny and conduct the search with our own means,” he added while at a press conference in Antananarivo organized by the group of families of victims, Voice370.

Fragments discovered in recent months on the coasts of East Africa and the Indian Ocean have been identified with “near certainty” as coming from the aircraft.

But these discoveries have so far failed to find the wreck, nor to elucidate the circumstances of the disaster.

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