The Malaysian government is still in hopes to find the 239 passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 alive despite failures in all the search operations so far to obtain any evidence of the wreckage of the Boeing 777. The plane is still elusive and is expected to have fallen into the Indian Ocean with no survivors on board.
The Malaysian government has decided to hold country-wide prayers for the safety of the passengers prior to all official events as the relatives of the beleaguered passengers wait desperately for news as there is no solid evidence yet that the plane had truly crashed.
However, two weeks ago, citing new satellite data, the Malaysian government announced at a press conference that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which had disappeared en route to Beijing had crashed thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean and that all 239 people on board were presumed dead.
Malaysian officials confirmed the news according to satellite information obtained from the British company Inmarsat which showed that the Boeing 777’s last position was in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
But the search operations still continue giving hope to hundreds of relatives and friends of the passengers that they may still be alive.
A Malaysian official told Arab News, “The government has decided to pray for the MH370 passengers’ safety before launching all official events in the country as there is still a small hope that they may be alive seeing there is no proof of the plane having crashed.”
The Malaysian government is calling the accident a ‘national disaster’ while the Malaysian people think it is the most ambiguous incident in history and talk about it with hopes for the passengers’ safety.
Meanwhile, Arab News met a number of relatives and friends of MH370 passengers who still believe that they are alive as the search operations have failed to prove their death. But this accident has created a sense of anxiety in them.
Tina Seri, a Malaysian woman who works at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur said, “I think my cousin who is among the MH370 passengers is still alive. We wait to hear good news about this ambiguous flight everyday.” She added, “The failure of the search operations to find the wreckage of the Boeing 777 lets me hope to see her again.”
Diaa Al-Deen, a Malaysian worker agreed saying, “I was shocked when the government said that all the passengers aboard the MH370 had died. But now that there is no evidence about the plane ever having crashed, I am hopeful again that my friend who was on that fateful flight might still be alive.”
The MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8. No confirmed sighting of the plane has been made since and there is no clue of what went wrong.