MH370 officially declared LOST due to ACCIDENT…



. says all next-of-kin were notified before Jan 29 announcement

MALAYSIA: Malaysia Airlines has issued a statement saying that it contacted all next-of-kin of those onboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 in Malaysia and around the world to notify them of the impending announcement on Jan 29.

Released at 4.35p.m. / 1 February 2015

Malaysia Airlines wishes to clarify reports from various quarters on the Declaration of Accident to flight MH370 and the manner in which it was communicated which we understand has caused considerable discontentment among family members of passengers and crew onboard.

The airline had, contacted all next-of-kin in Malaysia and around the world to notify them of the impending announcement on 29 January 2015. Prior to the scheduled announcement by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia, all next-of-kin were notified via telephone calls and in certain instances by text messages, when the calls were unanswered. These were done personally by its Family Support Centre, caregivers or representatives from the airline’s regional offices.

Next-of-kin in China were notified via text messages by Malaysia Airlines’ Family Communications and Support Centre in Beijing.

Together with the Government of Malaysia and its related agencies, the airline will continue to organise engagement sessions with family members to discuss various matters related to the declaration.

Malaysia Airlines remains committed to provide for the wellbeing of family members of those onboard MH370. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at all times.

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Friday January 30, 2015 MYT 10:26:16 PM

MH370: Chinese relatives reject death declaration

BEIJING: Distraught Chinese relatives of passengers on missing flight MH370 on Friday called for Malaysia to withdraw its declaration that all had died in an accident, shunning offers of compensation.

“We call on Malaysia to withdraw their statement. It lacks a basis in evidence,” said Jiang Hui, whose mother was on the plane, calling on authorities to apologise.

“They gave up searching for survivors after 40 days.”

More than 100 Chinese relatives of the lost passengers are requesting Malaysia take back their statement, according to posts in an online group they use.

Family members, some of whom burst into tears as they spoke to reporters near a Buddhist temple in Beijing, said they had received little advance warning of the announcement – echoing complaints from distraught relatives in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

“Malaysia ignored the right of relatives to know the news first,” Jiang added.

MH370: Chinese relatives reject Malaysia’s death declaration

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Chinese relatives reject word that passengers are dead, want hard evidence

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Friday January 30, 2015 MYT 7:39:13 PM

MH370: NRD to issue assumption of death certificates after receiving court order

PUTRAJAYA: The National Registration Department (NRD) will issue assumption of death certificates after receiving a court order submitted by the next of kin of passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

“The application for the court order must be made based on the standard operating procedure specified,” the NRD said in a statement Friday.

Yesterday, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) officially declared that flight MH370 had crashed and all 239 passengers and crew on board were considered as having lost their lives.

Malay Mail Online

IGP orders probe on Twitter user for suggesting MH370 conspiracy


Published: January 30, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 — Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today told police to investigate a Twitter user for claiming that the disappearance of flight MH370 was a conspiracy and not an accident.

Posting a screenshot of the “offending” tweet on his feed, Khalid ordered the police to find and investigate the user, who goes by the handle fazel@ollie_mollie.

“PCIRC @PDRMsia Sila kesan dan siasat ‘Fazel’ di bawah ini.” Khalid said in his tweet, without specifying what crime had been committed.

Translated, it means “PCIRC @PDRM Please track and investigate ‘Fazel’ here”.

Earlier, Fazel had claimed that the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner nearly a year ago was a conspiracy and not an accident as declared by Malaysian authorities yesterday.

“@NajibRazak jib’s not an accident, it’s a conspiracy,” he said, in response to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s tweet assuring that search efforts will continue.

In his tweet, Najib said, “Today my thoughts are with the families of those on MH 370. The search will continue. Msia, Aus and China remain committed to finding the plane.”

He was responding to the Department of Civil Aviation’s (DCA) declaration of loss of the 239 passengers and crew aboard the missing plane, barely 11 months after its mysterious disappearance on March 8 last year.

The declaration was made pursuant to International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Chicago Convention, allowing the family members of the 239 passengers onboard to proceed with their claim for damages.

Show us the bodies, MH370 kin say amid death pronouncement

Published: January 29, 2015 06:56 PM

Show us the bodies, MH370 kin say amid death pronouncement

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 29 — Shortly before the government officially declared the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be downed in an accident today and those aboard dead, relatives of some of the passengers and crew said they will never accept the pronouncements without hard evidence.

Lim Wee Hoon, 41, said she was uncertain if death certificates will be issued if Malaysia’s aviation authorities classify the passenger jet as being lost, but said it would be unacceptable without evidence.

“To me, if you ask me, I’ll refuse to accept it because how can you prove somebody dead without any evidence? It’s ridiculous.

“I still believe my brother-in-law is alive until I see his body, then I’ll accept the fact that he is gone,” she told reporters here after the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) hastily deferred its 3.30pm announcement.

The DCA pushed the announcement to 6pm through a live broadcast on official television channel RTM, believed to be due to the officials’ spotting of family members in the media room.

Several family members of those onboard who turned up at the DCA press briefing that was cancelled awhile ago.

: The press briefing by the DCA has just been called off “due to unforeseen circumstances”.

: More family members spotted at the DCA press conference that’s taking place right now in Putrajaya.

: A lady from China shows up before DCA’s press briefing, with a sign saying “Please bring back my husband”.

BREAKING: has been officially declared “an accident”. All passengers and crew are presumed dead: Malaysian authorities


Click on the link for the full statement:


Thursday January 29, 2015 MYT 6:50:38 PM

MH370: Chinese foreign ministry makes official statement

PETALING JAYA: China’s foreign ministry has remarked on Malaysia’s statement declaring the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident.

Here is the statement in full:

Remarks by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Malaysia’s statement declaring MH370 an accident

Since the incident of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took place, the families of those on board, including 154 Chinese nationals, have been gripped by enormous anxiety and grief. Today, based on available satellite data of the aircraft and results of the search operation to date and in compliance with the provisions of the relevant international convention, Malaysia has declared MH370 an accident. At this moment of sadness, the Chinese government expresses its deep sorrow for the misery of those on board, and offers its profound sympathies and sincere condolences to their families.

In the wake of the incident, Malaysia has made important efforts in searching for the aircraft, conducting investigations and offering consolation to the families of the passengers. Australia and many other countries and international organisations have provided significant support and assistance to the search of the aircraft and other operations. China hereby expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude for all these efforts.

Since March 8, 2014, the entire Chinese nation has been deeply concerned about the fate of their fellow countrymen aboard MH370.

General Secretary Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other Party and state leaders have given important instructions on numerous occasions to make sure that every possible effort is made to locate the aircraft. The Chinese government mobilised massive resources in this unprecedented search operation, including 21 satellites, 19 vessels,

13 aircraft and over 2,500 personnel and Chinese experts were dispatched to get deeply involved in the investigation. Consoling the families of MH370 passengers is another priority for the Chinese government. Officials at various levels have paid visits to the relatives of Chinese passengers. A reception office to help the families and local working groups has been set up under the inter-agency working platform. Thousands of government personnel and volunteers worked day and night to provide legal advice, medical aid, psychological counselling and other services to the families.

We know it must be extremely hard for the families to come to terms with the MH370 accident. We wish to assure the families of all the Chinese passengers that they are always on the mind of the Party and the government, who will be with them through these trying times. We hope the families will stay strong at this difficult moment and try to resume their normal life at an early date.

We call on the Malaysian side to act on the commitments made in the statement, fulfil its obligation of compensation, protect the lawful rights and interests of the families and provide them with support and assistance. We also call on the Malaysian side to remain fully committed to the search and investigation efforts and keep the families updated on the latest progress. The Chinese government will work closely with the governments of Malaysia and Australia, actively participate in the search and investigation efforts, provide the families with all necessary services and uphold their lawful rights and interests.

This is the offficial announcement from Malaysian authorities

officially declared an “accident”. Search will continue & compensation process begins

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) on Thursday (Jan 29) said in a briefing that MH370 has been officially declared “an accident” under international aviation rules, and that and that all 239 passengers and crew aboard are presumed to have lost their lives.

In making the announcement, the Malaysian government stressed that the search for the Boeing 777 remains a priority. The government is committed to continuing all reasonable efforts to bring closure to this unfortunate tragedy, with the continuing cooperation and assistance of the governments of China and Australia, said DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said data supported the conclusion that MH370 ended its flight in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Appearing in a televised broadcast over the RTM1 television channel, he said: “It’s with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that, on behalf of the Government of Malaysia, we officially declare Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident … and that all 239 of the passengers and crew on board MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives.”

“We have endeavoured and pursued every credible lead and reviewed all available data. Despite all these efforts over the last 327 days (as of yesterday), the search unfortunately has yet to yield the location of the missing aircraft.”


12 NOVEMBER 2014

Is the hunt for MH370 to be called off? Jet ‘to be declared lost’ at the end of 2014

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Malay Mail Online

MH370: Putrajaya has not fixed date to declare status of plane

November 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — The government has not fixed a date to declare the status of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 which is still missing since eight months ago.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said this was because the government was still negotiating with the government of China in making a declaration whether the aircraft was missing or otherwise.

“The firm cooperation of the two governments continues. In fact, the search is still on until today,” he said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2015 at the committee level for the Transport Ministry at Dewan Rakyat today.

MAS commercial director Hugh Dunleavy recently was quoted as saying that the company was waiting for the MH370 flight to be officially declared as missing so that compensation could be paid out to the passengers’ next of kin.

Commenting on the matter, MAS in a statement yesterday said it was only a personal opinion and any action would be based on the advice of the technical team responsible for the search operation.

Ab Aziz said the investigation on the mysterious disappearance of the aircraft was on-going and all developments would be announced when the investigators found any new indicator and information.

An industry source familiar with the MH370 saga said once the plane is declared lost, all search efforts will be stopped.

Families furious over report MH370 to be declared ‘lost’

KUALA LUMPUR – Relatives of MH370 passengers have criticised beleaguered Malaysia Airlines after an official reportedly said authorities would set a date to announce the plane “lost”, with an industry source saying such a declaration would see the search called off.

Both Malaysia Airlines and officials in Australia – which is leading the search for the missing jet far off its western coast – have denied the reported comments by the carrier’s commercial director Hugh Dunleavy.

But Voice370, an association of MH370 victims’ relatives, said in a statement late Monday that it was “bewildered” by the report last week.

“Such unilateral declaration brings intense agony and confusions to family members and makes us lose faith in the search effort,” it said.

A New Zealand Herald article, citing Dunleavy, said authorities were working to set a date – likely by the end of the year – to formally announce the loss of the Boeing 777, which vanished off radars on March 8 with 239 people aboard.

“We don’t have a final date but once we’ve had an official loss recorded we can work with the next of kin on the full compensation payments for those families,” he was quoted as saying.

An industry source familiar with the MH370 saga said once the plane is declared lost, all search efforts will be stopped.

Malaysia Airlines urges patience in compensation wait

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Airline urges patience in MH370 compo wait

Speaking to The New Zealand Herald today, the airline’s commercial director, Hugh Dunleavy said that it was waiting for the aircraft to be officially declared lost after going missing in March with 239 people on board. It is thought to have flown into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia.

The Australian and Malaysian governments were working together to set a date to formally announce the loss of MH370 and that was likely to be set by the end of the year.

“We don’t have a final date but once we’ve had an official loss recorded we can work with the next of kin on the full compensation payments for those families.”

Dr Hugh Dunleavy, Director of Commercial, Malaysia Airlines


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