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Relatives of Flight 370 Victims Angry, Claim There's No Evidence Plane Went Down

 
Relatives of Flight 370 Victims Angry, Claim There's No Evidence Plane Went Down
Posted Monday, March 24th 2014 @ 10pm  by KFBK News

Malaysian Airlines is offering $5,000 to family members for each passenger aboard the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Chinese relatives of those on the plane are distraught over the news.

Many are accusing Malaysian authorities of a cover-up. There's a theory that the jet was hijacked and forced to land. 

A Chinese government official says China is demanding every bit of satellite evidence that Malaysia has.  

Two-thirds of the passengers on the flight were Chinese.

Click here for the official statement from Malaysian Airlines.

Meanwhile, the Navy is flying a high-tech black box detector into the area where it's believed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down. 

The U.S. is also sending an undersea drone to Australia.

Satellites and search planes have spotted debris in the area, but it hasn't been confirmed that it's from the missing Boeing 777.

Malaysian authorities say satellite data has led them to the conclusion that the jetliner crashed into the Indian Ocean with no survivors.

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Search Called Off Due to Bad Weather 

Gale force winds, rough seas and low clouds are keeping crews from searching for the missing Malaysian airliner. 

Authorities in Australia Tuesday suspended the search because of the poor weather conditions.

"They're going to have more problems with visibility, showers, gusty winds today, and just overall not very good conditions," Meteorologist Rob Carolan said. 

Efforts to find debris from the plane will continue despite Malaysia's prime minister announcing Monday that the jet crashed, killing everyone on board.

He said new evidence shows the jet went down well off the western coast of Australia. All 239 people on board are presumed dead. 

Connecting the Dots 

Investigators looking into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are facing a difficult task.

"Every investigation starts out you're gathering the data, you're hoping those data points lead to a conclusion," said Former NTSB Investigator Keith McGuire. 

McGuire says it's like playing connect-the-dots, but they're all out of order and many of the dots are missing.

"So they just have to back off and say, 'OK we need to either take a different approach to this or try to get more data or both,'" he said. 

Malaysia's prime minister announced Monday that the missing jet had crashed into the Indian Ocean. The airline says the investigation from here is bound to be more involved and more complex. Today's search efforts were called off due to bad weather.

Dealing with Grief

Family members of the passengers aboard the plane that disappeared have been told the plane has crashed in the Indian Ocean and there are no survivors.

But how do people process that kind of grief? 

When a loved one is gone and presumed dead, but you don't know for sure, some call that  ambiguous loss.

"There's a lot of Vietnam veteran families face that kind of loss. You know, it's the kind of loss that we really can't resolve. It creates a lot of confusion -- people feel flooded emotionally. And the not knowing, just keeps a person kind of frozen in their pain-filled emotions and they can't even begin to process the loss," Fair Oaks Family and Marriage Counselor Tim Dakin said. 

But, Dakin says situations like this also bring out humanitarianism.

"We're such a small world now, and the global effort kind of honors the victims, but it also, I think, showcases a couple of really amazing human emotions," Dakin said. 

Empathy and hope.

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