It’s been 50 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean. Or disappeared somewhere. Although the Malaysian government insists the plane went down in the Indian Ocean somewhere northwest of Perth, Australia, there is precious little evidence this is indeed what happened.
Add to this the fact that the Malaysian government hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with any evidence they may have, and it becomes readily understandable why there is growing irritation at them combined with not only mistrust, but fury at them, especially by the families of the missing passengers. For example, representatives of Malaysia Airlines had scheduled a meeting with passengers’ families for last Tuesday in Beijing, but instead postponed it, and not for the first time. Only the day before there was to have been a meeting with the families, but a Malaysian diplomat arrived and announced there would be no meeting. Finally, there was a meeting Thursday, but again, no information was forthcoming from the officials at Malaysia Airlines, much less from the Malaysian government.
It’s not just the past week that has been frustrating to the families, though. It’s been ongoing for weeks now. Malaysian officials in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur have repeatedly promised to meet with the families, but have failed to show up.
Sarah Bajc (pronounced BAY-jack), the partner of passenger Philip Wood, has been relentlessly pursuing answers from Malaysia. In a recent CNN interview, she brought forth several valid points that have yet to be addressed by the Malaysian government. Bajc observed that the only thing Malaysia has come forth with is opinion, not facts or any evidence, saying, “They’ve not released a single piece of data, and the families have basically lost patience with it…”
Bajc elaborated further, “Well this is the second time they’re doing it, I mean, the first time they did it was on March 24th when they basically said ‘Okay, it’s conclusive, we’re sure the plane is in the ocean here.’ And of course within days, that was proven to be wrong – or at least not proven, but they restated their position and started looking someplace else. And now they’re trying to put our family members in coffins again. I mean, there’s not the slightest bit of evidence that this flight has even crashed. There’s no wreckage, there’s no sightings; there’s nothing at all that could be deemed to be actual fact. It’s only conjecture at this point, and so that’s why the family members are trying to go back to square one, to day one, and we want the Malaysian government to open up the data that should have been opened up within days of the investigation starting, to a third party independent yet still confidential group who’s qualified to assess the data. The air traffic control audio – that should be public record. The radar for both civilian and military; the engine pings… not the analysis of the engine pings, but the actual raw data, including from as much as ten days before the flight so it can be looked at for anomalies.”
In the end, Bajc may be proven completely wrong, but her concerns, as well as those of the other families, certainly deserve serious consideration by the Malaysians as well as the other governments involved. And right now, their concerns aren’t being addressed at all, because no one can discount the possibility that Flight 370 may not have crashed, but instead may have safely landed somewhere. Like Pakistan, for instance. On March 19th, retired Air Force General Tom McInerney spoke with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and brought up that possibility. Could it be that too much time has been spent looking in the southern Indian Ocean when there may be nothing there to find?
As if that weren’t enough, in an interview CNN’s Richard Quest held with Prime Minister Najib Razak just three days ago on April 24th, there are still no answers forthcoming, only what seems to be more polite justifications for the ongoing delay in providing what information they have. Below are two excerpts from the interview, which together are only about six minutes duration:
The primary question he didn’t provide a satisfactory answer for is, why doesn’t his government release the preliminary report on the plane’s disappearance now? Not next week, but now? This report, just like all the other data Ms. Bajc mentioned, should have been released long ago, within days of the plane’s disappearance. As is evident throughout the interview, Prime Minister Razak continues evading direct questions while giving meaningless answers. This sort of evasion from Prime Minister Razak and the Malaysian government is becoming all too familiar. And the intention to release the report next week doesn’t inspire trust in what will be released. What will be purged from the report? An honest and forthright government would have released everything they had almost immediately, not only to keep the families of missing passengers informed, but also to provide information for other nations offering help in the search. After all, it’s not as if there’s been a shortage of willing help, ranging from the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China.
This all brings up serious questions about what the Malaysian government knows, why they haven’t been forthcoming with information and releasing what they know, and what their intent and motivations are. This is where I feel all the nations involved in the search have dropped the ball. The US, the UK, China, and the rest have been plodding along searching a portion of the Indian Ocean based on less than trustworthy information provided by the Malaysians. The interview and information General McInerney offered, which I mentioned in my April 8th blog article, quickly dropped from sight on the news coverage. Why hasn’t this and other possibilities been looked at and investigated? Why haven’t the Malaysians been seriously pressured to reveal what they know? What if that plane isn’t in the ocean at all? These are serious questions that demand answers now. If the plane didn’t crash, then after 50 days the trail is cold, but it’s still worth trying to find out what happened, even if it’s more difficult now than it would have been weeks ago. Just remember – if that plane didn’t really crash into the ocean, the possibility of a future disaster is very real.