Seven next-of-kin [NOKs] related to passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will travel to Madagascar between December 3 and December 11 to raise awareness and search for the missing plane with their family members, family association Voice370 said in a statement this week.
“All debris collected to date have been found off the East Coast of Africa by the public. Despite these hugely important finds, there has been no systematic, organized search by any responsible party,” the statement read.
“This leaves the NOKs no other choice except to take it upon ourselves to do something to find answers and closure.”
The association, made up of MH370 NOK, appealed for accommodations, transportation and language services during their trip to assist them with their objectives. During their visit, they hope to raise awareness, meet with organizations and groups, mobilize the local population and setup an incentive program using their own funds.
The NOK will also “search for debris … Along high potential sites based on drift modelling, largely focusing upon areas on, and around, Île Sainte-Marie”, an island off the coast of Madagascar. A press conference is scheduled for December 4 at 2 p.m. in Antananarivo–Madagascar’s capital.
The overall incident and this latest move is unprecedented in aviation history whereas family members are searching for the plane and clues themselves to find answers and also because most debris found to date has been discovered by private citizens, not a search crew.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Beijing at 12:41 a.m. on March 8, 2014 but air traffic controllers lost contact at 1:19 a.m. after that final, now infamous transmission: “Good night, Malaysian Three Seven Zero.”
The flight was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members including two Canadians identified as Xiaomo Bai, 37, and Muktesh Mukherjee, 42.