3rd MH370 disappearance anniversary: Families still "hanging in there"


KUALA LUMPUR: A sombre mood filled the air at the third MH370 remembrance event held yesterday by Voice370, a support group for loved ones of victims of the ill-fated flight.

Jacquita Gonzales, wife of MH370 inflight supervisor Patrick Gomes, said for her, yesterday’s event was a celebration of her husband's life.

"We are hanging in there. There will be sadness, of course, on March 8 (the anniversary of the plane’s disappearance). But then again, I want to celebrate my husband's life as well, because he had four wonderful children and I believe he had a good life," she said.

When asked about her thoughts on the suspension of the search for the airplane, Gonzales said she felt exasperated when she heard the news.

"Of course we got frustrated when we heard about the suspension, but then again, it was inevitable. However, they did say if they have more credible evidence, they will start the search again.

"I am praying that something pops up and they will start searching again," she added.

On Jan 17, it was reported that the underwater search for MH370 had been suspended, according to a communique from Malaysia, Australia and China.

It said the last search vessel for the operation left the 120,000sq km search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

Wan Afrina Sofea, the youngest daughter of MH370's senior flight attendant, Wan Swaid Wan Ismail, just wants her daddy to come home.

"I miss daddy so much and I want him to come home to us," she said.

The 11-year-old said she and her two brothers, along with their mother, have come to terms with what happened, but they are still hoping for closure and truth to prevail.

About 100 members of the public and family members of MH370 victims filled up the outdoor space of a well-known shopping mall here for the event.

Also present were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

Themed 'Search On 3.0: MH370 Is Not History. It's The Future. Fly Safely', the event was held to commemorate the fateful flight and to promote the global cause of aviation safety.

Held in conjunction with the event was an art exhibition by 20 Malaysian artists who presented their interpretations of the next-of-kins' experiences.

On March 8, 2014, MH370 went missing while flying over the South China Sea about an hour after taking off from KL International Airport (KLIA) at 12.41am.

The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with 227 passengers and 12 crew was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day. -- BERNAMA