M370 families reject report

Families of those missing on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have rejected a report issued on the first anniversary of the plane’s disappearance.

The interim report gives no new clues as to what happened to the plane. One relative described it as useless.

It does reveal that an underwater locator beacon battery had expired a year earlier, but it is unclear whether this affected the search.

The airliner was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished.

Malaysia and Australia say they remain committed to finding the missing plane.

As families of the 239 passengers and crew held remembrance ceremonies yesterday, some expressed their frustration with the report.

It contains masses of technical information about the missing aircraft, its maintenance record, the background of the crew, and the various air traffic control and military radar tracking records of the plane, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head.

It notes the battery on the beacon of the flight data recorder had expired, which may suggest searchers had less chance of locating the aircraft, although the battery on the locator beacon of the cockpit voice recorder was working.

But the report offers no significant new information which might explain where the plane went, or what happened to it, adds our correspondent.

Sarah Bajc, whose partner Philip Wood was on board, ridiculed the fact that investigators had interviewed just 120 people.

“That’s less than our tiny underfunded private investigation has done,” she said, referring to a private inquiry launched by a group of next-of-kin.

Raymund Gagarin, whose cousin Anne Daisy was one of the passengers, said he believed the government was hiding information from families.

“It’s just taking a lot of people’s emotion on a big merry-go-round. It’s a bit cruel,” he added.

Another relative described the report as “useless”.

“We don’t accept the announcement from Malaysia on January 19 that said the event was an accident,” said the woman in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, who did not give her name. -BBC

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