The search for missing Malaysian flight MH370 has ended.
Flight MH370 was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur when it went missing. Despite a 10 month, international hunt, no wreckage has been found and there is still nothing to indicate why the plane diverted. It is believed the flight has gone down in the Indian Ocean far off the western coast of Australia. The formal declaration, read Thursday by civil aviation director Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, will allow the families of those presumed dead to continue the compensation process with the airline or with insurers. He said:
“It is therefore, with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that, on behalf of the Government of Malaysia, we officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident in accordance with the Standards of Annexes 12 and 13 to the Chicago Convention and that all 239 of the passengers and crew on board MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives”.
Families of the victims are able to seek compensation payments but they feel it is hardly enough for the suffering and torment they have gone through. The televised announcement was made by the transport ministry at 6.00pm local time. Families were furious with the Malaysian Government. They believed they should have been briefed prior to the announcement.