Mixed emotions for victims’ families
FOR relatives who have waited 16 months for news about their loved ones’ fate aboard MH370, the discovery of possible debris from the aircraft was bittersweet.
For some the aircraft flaperon represented hope they might soon have answers, and may even get to properly farewell their loved ones.
For others, it was the news they did not want to hear – preferring to cling to hope those on board MH370 are somehow still alive.
Melia Burrows, the youngest daughter of Brisbane couple Rodney and Mary Burrows, said the news brought hope she and her siblings might soon know what happened to their beloved parents.
“We are hopeful that this discovery is related to MH370,” she said.
“But as a result of the many speculations over the past 16 months, it’s difficult to take any evidence seriously until it is confirmed by the authorities.
“We hope that MH370, our parents and all the other passengers are found soon.”
The Burrows were travelling with their good friends Bob and Cathy Lawton, whose daughter Amanda Lawton said she was made aware of the discovery through people tagging her on social media.
“Having absolutely no answers has been really hard,’’ Ms Lawton said.
“We don’t know how much information or further leads it will provide.”
RARE CLUE: A policeman and a gendarme stand next to the piece of aircraft debris found on Reunion Island.