Last updated: 11:08 AM ET, Mon September 12 2016

Victims' Families in Missing MH370 Case Want Expanded Search Area

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 12, 2016

Victims' Families in Missing MH370 Case Want Expanded Search Area

Photo: Malaysia Airlines Prayer Vigil (Photo via Twitter)

On Monday, several family members of the 230 people who went missing when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in 2014 are calling for more possible debris discovered recently to be examined by authorities.

According to The Associated Press, eight relatives of those who disappeared with the missing flight met with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau—along with American wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson—to hand over five pieces of debris possibly from the plane discovered in Madagascar.

Two of the pieces of the debris look to be burned, and the victim’s families are looking to present the new evidence in hopes of getting authorities to define a new search area and continue their quest to find the missing aircraft.

“I hope that the search will go on and in my amateur opinion this constitutes new, credible evidence that justifies continuing the search,” Gibson told the media.

In July, officials from Malaysia, China and Australia suspended its search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after the 46,000-square mile search area in the Indian Ocean was examined without finding anything substantial.

This is not the first time Gibson and other amateur investigators have found pieces of debris believed to be from Flight 370, and advocates want the Malaysian government to collect all of the supposed items and attempt to pinpoint a new search area based on drift modeling.

Australian officials collected the debris from Gibson and the families of the victims and are waiting on Malaysia to see how the country wants to proceed.


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