Many ques­tions re­main unan­swered about miss­ing jet­liner

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

For more than two years, it has been a lost ship, a metal con­tainer car­ry­ing 239 souls that sim­ply dis­ap­peared one night never to be seen again. And now, the search for the re­mains of Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370 will likely be­come a thing of me­mory, too.

With last Friday’s an­nounce­ment that the metic­u­lous ocean search for the miss­ing jet­liner will be sus­pended - in ef­fect, called off - one of this decade’s most tan­talis­ing unan­swered ques­tions is headed to­ward be­com­ing, in ef­fect, a cold case.

“I am not sur­prised it’s com­ing to an end with­out any an­swers,” said Tony Wong, a busi­ness­man in Kuala Lumpur.

“Peo­ple are slowly for­get­ting the in­ci­dent. No one will ever know the truth.”

The truth may be out there. The prob­lem is, you have to know where to look. And that’s been pre­cisely the prob­lem all along.

The Boe­ing 777-200ER van­ished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing on March 8, 2014.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved it turned back west then south be­fore drop­ping into the In­dian Ocean west of Aus­tralia, where the search has been con­cen­trated.

The Malaysian gov­ern­ment has con­cluded that it was de­lib­er­ately steered off course. Con­spir­acy the­o­ries, un­sur­pris­ingly, still abound in the vac­uum of facts: was it blown up? Steered into the sea? Di­verted to a re­mote airstrip some­where? Ab­ducted by aliens? For a long stretch, it seemed the world’s big­gest loose end - a global ob­ses­sion for weeks, a nig­gling un­solved rid­dle for years. And be­hind the epic tale were the lost souls and the fam­i­lies they left be­hind, which ex­pected max­i­mum ef­fort and, to hear many rel­a­tives tell it over the long months, a suc­cess­ful res­o­lu­tion. They were not happy at the news that the search was be­ing sus­pended. To vary­ing de­grees, they have ac­cused in­ves­ti­ga­tors and searchers and the gov­ern­ments oversee­ing them of disin­gen­u­ous­ness, in­com­pe­tence and ne­far­i­ous po­lit­i­cal agen­das. In China, rel­a­tives have de­nounced the de­ci­sion. They still don’t seem ready to think about the fi­nal­ity of it all. “They are ac­tu­ally just play­ing with words,” said Hu Xi­u­fang, the mother of a Flight 370 pas­sen­ger. “‘Sus­pen­sion’ means ter­mi­na­tion to us. We strongly de­mand a re-in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how the plane went miss­ing, and there is no ex­cuse for the sus­pen­sion of the search.” “It’s all a big fab­ri­ca­tion, a big cover-up,” said Sak­inab Shah, the el­dest sister of se­nior pi­lot Capt Za­harie Ah­mad Shah. “Things just don't add up. With mod­ern-day tech­nol­ogy, how can there be a mys­tery?”

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