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Ten years since the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

There were 239 people on board: the victims' relatives are still calling for justice

Ten years ago the mystery of flight MH370. This is a B-777/200ER aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines which disappeared from radar on 8 March 2014. There were 239 people on board (227 passengers and 12 crewmembers). The first wreckage was found between 2015 and 2016. It became one of the largest and most expensive searches in the history of aviation, which was also made into a TV series on the "Netflix" video platform. 

The plane took off at 00:40 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia. It was headed to the airport in the capital Beijing, China, where it was supposed to land at 7:24. The last communication with the control tower occurred 38 minutes after takeoff, at 1:30 am, suddenly interrupted after two minutes, while the aircraft crossed the border with Vietnam. Then the airplane disappeared from radar.

A few days later, the then director of the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, said that the plane's disappearance was "a mystery", adding that investigators had not yet ruled out the possibility of a hijacking.

Relatives of the victims are still demanding justice: "Almost 10 years later, the family members, who refused to accept settlement offers, have not received any apology nor a penny of compensation. In fact, my mood is very difficult to define now: there is both a sense of relief and a deep feeling of helplessness", Jiang Cuiyun said during one of the first hearings in Beijing in November 2023.

On the same topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency