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MH370 – Mystery Solved?

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On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur International Airport (along with 239 passengers) and headed towards Beijing. The flight shortly disappeared along with all 239 people on board. To date no bodies have been found (and neither has the body of the plane) despite many months of searches led primarily by Australia.

Last Friday, September 4th, top French prosecutor Francois Molins confirmed that the plane flaperon found on Reunion Island does indeed belong to Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

MH370 Debris

French Officials Carrying MH370 Plane Debris – Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/mh370-debris-confirmed-what-has-been-found-from-the-aircraft-and-what-does-it-tell-us-10441461.html

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak already stated at the beginning of August that the debris found on the shores of Reunion Island was from flight MH370; however, investigators were not certain, saying that they needed more proof along several families of people who were on board the flight.

Investigators had only learned Thursday that serial numbers inside the flaperon (a type of air control surface on the wing) matched the records of Spanish company Airbus Defense and Space – which manufactured multiple parts of it. These serial numbers directly link the debris to flight MH370, according to Molins’ office. As a result, the office said that “it is possible today to affirm with certainty that the flaperon discovered at the Reunion Island on July 29, 2015, is that of MH370,”.

Yet closure is still far from achieved for family members of those who were on the flight. Many feel that they will only truly be able to find closure when they understand what happened to the flight and how it ended up in the ocean.

Jack Song, brother of Song Chunling, who was aboard the flight, said: “From my opinion, it doesn’t matter whether it’s from 370 or not because it’s just one piece of debris. Not the whole airplane. That doesn’t mean anything. Doesn’t tell where the plane is or what happened. We need the whole plane, and we need the exact place where the aircraft is.”

K.S. Narendran, husband of passenger Chandrika Sharma, has said that the news hasn’t helped him understand what happened to his wife.

“On a daily basis, this news doesn’t impact my life. I’ve had to carry on without a family member and I have gotten used to living without that family member,” he said. “Has my life changed between yesterday and today? No. Has my desire to know the truth changed? No, I’d still like to know and I will persist.”

So it seems that even though for many onlookers the mystery of flight MH370 appears to be solved, the relatives of the missing passengers have not found closure, and are still waiting for more answers about their loved ones.

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