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Missing jet: ‘A remote chance of a survivor’ of missing jet MH370, says Malaysia

Missing jet: ‘A remote chance of a survivor’ of missing jet MH370, says Malaysia
Missing jet: ‘A remote chance of a survivor’ of missing jet MH370, says Malaysia
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The missing jet, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, was described as “ended” with “no survivors of the missing jet” by Malaysian officials, but now Malaysia’s acting transport minister and defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein is once again telling relatives something different. "I cannot give them (relatives) false hope. The best we can do is pray and be sensitive to them, that as long as there is even a remote chance of a survivor, we will pray and do whatever it takes." According to a March 29 The Sydney Morning Herald report, Hussein spoke to the families on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

It has been three weeks since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and after being told by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak that the 777 flight “ended” in the remote southern Indian Ocean, relatives of passengers and crew have begun filing insurance claims against Malaysia Airlines and Boeing, the manufacturer of the aircraft.

Missing jet debris was picked up in the Indian Ocean on Saturday by two ships, an Australian and a Chinese ship. However, none of the recovered objects have been confirmed to be related to Flight MH370, according to a statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is overseeing the search.

Angry relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 passengers and crew members have staged protests in Malaysia and China criticizing the Malaysian government for its “bungled search” and for “hiding details.” The China Daily wrote in an editorial that the contradictory and piecemeal information provided by Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia’s government is raising the question, “what else is known that has not been shared with the world?”

The missing jet was reportedly not picked up by three military radar stations after it had made a U-turn over the Malaysian peninsula, and no fighter jets were sent to intercept it, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who is now telling relatives that there is a “remote” chance for a survivor, is the same man who is also overseeing the air force investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.