Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed on Thursday (Aug 6) that the wing part found on the remote French island of La Reunion is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The confirmation may help to start the process of finding out what happened to the flight, but some relatives have reacted to the news with skepticism.
The then unidentified piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion on July 29. PHOTO: REUTERS
“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Najib Razak told reporters at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
After the announcement, emotions ran high outside the Beijing offices of Malaysia Airlines.
A group of relatives said they remain unconvinced, despite Najib's statement.
“I don’t believe this latest information about the plane, they have been lying to us from the beginning,” said Mr Zhang Yongli, whose daughter was on the plane.
“I know my daughter is out there, but they won’t tell us the truth,” he added, waving Chinese and Communist Party flags.
Ms Bao Lanfang, whose grandson was on board MH370, told reporters “Everyone has been lying to us”, before collapsing on the floor and crying.
“I will do anything to see him again,” the 63-year-old added through her tears.
“Just tell me what I need to do, I’ll do it.”
Madam Dai Shuqin, 62, whose sister Ms Dai Shuling was on board, told The Straits Times that they had turned up at the office to demand that MAS helps arrange a trip to Reunion Island.
Back in Malaysia, Ms Maira Elizabeth Nari, the daughter of MH370's chief steward, was heartbroken after the announcement was made, reported The Star Online.
"For now, there is nothing I can say about what had happened to my father.
"I do not know what I am supposed to do after this," she said between sobs.
Sara Weeks, the sister of MH370 passenger Paul Weeks of New Zealand, said the confirmation ended “a week of turmoil”.
“We’ve had 17 months of nothing... so actually finding something is the first step towards pinpointing where it is,” Weeks told the Fairfax New Zealand media group.
For others though, Najib's announcement was not nearly enough to heal the wounds of grief.
“I’m still not satisfied. There are still so many questions left unanswered, so many holes in the puzzle,” Mr Lee Khim Fatt, whose wife Foong Wai Yueng was a stewardess on the flight, said to AFP.
“Until today we have no answers. Don’t just show me a flaperon."
"Show me more. Answer the questions,” Lee Khim Fatt, husband to flight attendant Foong Wai Yueng.
“Now I want to know where the main body of the plane is so that we can take out the passengers and get the black box so we can know what happened," said Jacquita Gonzales, wife of Patrick Gomes, a steward onboard MH370.
"Only that, for us, will be full closure,” she added.
Source: The Star Online, AFP, Twitter, YouTube