Memorial planned for lost MH370 passengers
FAMILIES bereaved by the disappearance of MH370 have welcomed the decision to build a permanent memorial in Perth as a lasting tribute to the flight’s 239 passengers and crew.
Relatives and friends of the Australians on board the Malaysia Airlines flight, including Rod and Mary Burrows, gathered at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane to mark the third anniversary of the tragedy.
Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester, Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Greg Hood and former deputy prime minister Warren Truss joined the families for the service.
Mr Chester delivered the news a memorial would be established in Perth to honour everyone on board the Boeing 777.
He acknowledged the “sadness, frustration and disappointment” shared by families that the plane’s fate remained unknown.
“It’s a hollow feeling for the families today but it’s important we gather and pay our respects. We’re still hopeful there may be a breakthrough in weeks or months to come that leads us to the location of MH370.”
Mr Chester said work continued at the ATSB in terms of assessing satellite imagery, reviewing sonar work in the Southern Indian Ocean and drift modelling as more debris was found.
“There’s been pieces of debris located over the past couple of years – some far more significant than others – and they’ve given investigators more information, but in terms of credible new evidence leading to a location of MH370, we don’t have that yet,” he said.
Karla McMaster, whose parents Rod and Mary Burrows were travelling on MH370, said it was “hard not having answers”.
“We’re hopeful the search is continued at a later date and that we can get answers and find out where our parents are and all the other passengers, and make sure that everyone who’s going to be flying is safe again,” said Ms McMaster.
“All the officials that we speak to are so invested in this and I really feel that they want to find it as well.”
Mr Truss, who oversaw the start of the complex underwater search, denied they rushed into the operation.
He said the debris discoveries provided less specific information than the Inmarsat satellite data on which the 120,000sq km“high probability” zone was based.
“We had the best experts in their fields working on the search, and it is deeply disappointing to everyone the aircraft hasn’t been found,” said Mr Truss.
Rodney and Mary Burrows were aboard the ill-fated flight MH370.