MH370 search re­sumes on France’s Re­union

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

The hunt for more wreck­age from the miss­ing MH370 re­sumed on France’s Re­union is­land in the In­dian Ocean on Sun­day af­ter be­ing sus­pended due to bad weather, lo­cal of­fi­cials said.

A search plane cir­cled over­head and foot pa­trols combed the eastern coast­line of the is­land, re­sum­ing a hunt that had been halted on Fri­day evening.

Although the sun was shin­ing again on Sun­day, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fice said navy ves­sels would only be mo­bilised if de­bris was spot­ted at sea.

Rough weather had forced a search ship to turn back on Fri­day, leav­ing the plane alone to scan a gi­ant area of ocean and coast­line mea­sur­ing an es­ti­mated 5,300 square kilo­me­ters (2,000 square miles).

A wing part was found on the is­land in late July and con­firmed by the Malaysian prime min­is­ter to be part of the Boe­ing 777 which went miss­ing on March 8, 2014 with 239 peo­ple on­board.

The hunt con­tin­ued to at­tract am­a­teur in­ves­ti­ga­tors to the beaches and coast­line of the is­land on Sun­day.

“Maybe it’s a step,” said one lo­cal, bran­dish­ing an alu­minium bar, while another said he was look­ing for “sou­venirs”.

“There’s a sort of trea­sure hunt men­tal­ity that is spread­ing, and which we want to re­mind ev­ery­one of­ten leads nowhere,” said a source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Even the Malaysian author­i­ties ap­peared to be mis­taken last week when they an­nounced that a seat and win­dow from the doomed Malaysia Air­lines flight had been dis­cov­ered. French in­ves­ti­ga­tors say no new items have been found.

Saint- An­dre, the town of 50,000 where the wing part washed up, has had a sur­real fort­night as the world’s media has sud­denly de­scended in droves.

A spe­cial mass was held in the town last week for the 239 vic­tims of the flight MH370, and the lo­cal mayor is­sued a state­ment say­ing they were ready to welcome their fam­i­lies if they wished to come to Re­union. A mon­u­ment to the vic­tims is also planned.

The is­land author­i­ties are us­ing a small mil­i­tary trans­port plane for the search, and also have three po­lice and navy he­li­copters and three boats at their dis­posal.

In nearby Mau­ri­tius, author­i­ties are also search­ing for any pos­si­ble plane parts that may have landed on their shores.

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