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MH370 relatives press for new Malaysia plane search plan



By ARITZ PARRA and ROD McGUIRK

BEIJING (AP) -- Their hopes raised and dashed, relatives of passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines plane want a new plan to find it after the search was suspended following a new setback.

The 84-year-old mother of Australian passenger Rod Burrows no longer expects to live to see the mystery of Flight 370 solved.

"I doubt it will be in my lifetime," Irene Burrows said Friday from her home in Biloela in Australia's northeast. "All I just want is a bit of plane. It's all I want to know - where they are."

Tempers flared Thursday after the joint center set up to oversee the search for the jetliner that vanished March 8 said a robot submarine had found no trace of it in a section of the southern Indian Ocean where acoustic signals, or "pings," were detected.

Investigators have concluded that the area where the signals were detected is not the final resting place of the plane.

The search for the plane and the 239 people on board will be suspended for two months while more powerful sonar equipment is brought in, according to the Australia-based Joint Agency Coordination Center.

"Now they say the pings are not from the plane. It's March 8 all over again and I don't like March 8 at all," said an emotional Jacquita Gonzales, whose husband Patrick Gomes was the flight supervisor.

"We are on a roller coaster ride and we have just hit bottom again," she said.

Gonzales said sometimes she is an "emotional wreck" thinking about the fate of her beloved husband but wills herself to be strong. Their 29th wedding anniversary is on Sunday.

"Please find the plane, find my husband and all our loved ones," she said.

Authorities believe the plane, bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, turned sharply and flew to the southern Indian Ocean. Yet not a single piece of the missing Boeing 777 has been found.

The Malaysian official in charge of the search, Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, visited Beijing this week, and relatives asked to meet him but got no reply, said Steve Wang, whose mother was on the plane.

"Something very disappointing has been announced and we want to know what his plan is," Wang said.

This week, the Malaysian government gave in to pressure from families of passengers and released 45 pages of satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

"It feels like we have been fooled by the authorities. We are now back to square one. I expect them to keep searching. There can't be any closure until we find something," said Lee Khim Fatt, whose wife Christine Foong was a stewardess on the plane.

Lee said he cannot believe that such a big plane can't be detected by satellites and modern technology.

"If satellites can capture the image of a small car with its number plate, why is there no satellite image of this big bird, the 777? Are they hiding something from us?" Lee said.

China renewed diplomatic pressure on the Malaysian government on Thursday in a meeting between Premier Li Keqiang and visiting Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Beijing has tried to placate Chinese relatives of missing passengers by pressing their case with Malaysia while trying to avoid damage to relations with an important trading partner.

"We expect Malaysia to take the leading and coordinating role, come up with a new search plan for the jet at an early date, and take the investigation seriously," Li told Najib, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

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McGuirk reported from Canberra, Australia. Associated Press writer Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report.

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joan May 30 2014 at 5:43 PM

This may sound crazy, but I think the plane is on land somewhere

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governorcf May 30 2014 at 6:17 PM

Frigging IDIOTS..The plane is NOT in the ocean. It was hijacked and in a terrorist Country. Try using satellite images on land ! Hidden in a hanger for future usage, bombing etc..Passengers either sold as sex slaves or killed. Plane escorted into country by their fighter jets, per prearranged plan with one or both of the pilots. If countries can take ships, then they can take planes. Never reported on radar, because planned hijack. Might sound crazy ? think about it ! NO wreckage at all, anywhere , some sort of wreckage would have travelled thousands of miles, floating etc, by now. No wreckage because NOT in the water. Start looking at Countries that the plane had enough gas to fly to. Hell they don't even know which direction it turned, when went off radar. Cover up !

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billcdaly May 30 2014 at 6:14 PM

MH 370 never crashed in the ocean, it landed, passengers &crew killed by cabin depressurization, being retrofitted with explosives / wmd's , coming to a building near you. After 3 months of absolutely false reports and spun news from the Malaysian government, this is still my opinion.

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mrd1776 billcdaly May 30 2014 at 7:15 PM

Yep another US False Flag Op to strike more terror into the sheeple.

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bootsnchaps60 billcdaly May 30 2014 at 9:04 PM

Okay, when and what city? Fox News should be there to cover this,.

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wizardsking May 30 2014 at 5:45 PM

Park a few U.S. and Chinese Navel Vessles off the coast of Malaysia. You will get your answers then. And it will be Muslim related.

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jgrl360 May 30 2014 at 6:10 PM

hmm - this is not the first plane to disappear- one in Africa a few years ago - large! and never found - repaint them - use on a bombing run of some kind, families just collateral
damage ?? think there's a lot more to this story then we are being told - our satellites that "spy" on us on a daily basis - whether you like to believe it or not - have to have picked up something on this - and they have had plenty of time to invent stories - time will tell

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blueeyessing May 30 2014 at 6:18 PM

"The 84-year-old mother of Australian passenger Rod Burrows no longer expects to live to see the mystery of Flight 370 solved."
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That is so sad for her and all the families. When she sees him in Heaven she will finally know what happened. (I always figure people chat with each other up there.)

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petey blueeyessing May 30 2014 at 11:00 PM

Ahh, yes, in heaven.

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Linda petey May 30 2014 at 11:28 PM

Sociopathic kook is what you are--go get some help freakshow!

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Pam petey May 31 2014 at 2:17 PM

Clearly you don't know what a sociopath is!!

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willismcd May 30 2014 at 5:52 PM

This large aircraft landed in East Africa or some lawless place where it can be stored, just like we stored the A Bomb. What else can you be said as the human hand was proven to be a negative factor by the altering of the flight pattern and the total disappearance of all flight information. I think there may be some nations who have a lot more knowledge on this than the media who know nothing and just keep repeating the srcraps of bull to us.
This has been my gut feeling on this matter for quite some time and onlty a fool would dismiss this theory.

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hway395 May 30 2014 at 5:54 PM

My heartfelt sorrow goes out to the families & friends of MH370. I can only imagine the horror you live through on a daily basis. I'm wondering if the searchers will go further south, hmmm. I saw news on the 2004 tsunami & realized how difficult a task this search has been & will be. It also made me wonder about the sea "junk" & whether or not it was "stuff" continuing to come afloat from that tragedy.

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JanRenee' hway395 May 30 2014 at 8:56 PM

So does mine. I to am starting to realize it may not be in the ocean after all. But I doubt we will ever know.

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Ripsway JanRenee' May 30 2014 at 10:39 PM

PAKINTAN HAS THE PLANE. WE WILL GET IT BACK LIKE 911.

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ibeyour1 May 30 2014 at 9:46 PM

Gotta love all the "experts" here that know what happened and where it is. Go find it and you'll be paid handsomely.

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sachfoxo May 30 2014 at 10:32 PM

To the Government If I could see my house details clearly with the computer and satellite , Why aren't they checking land areas where it could be ? They have NO positive evidence it traveled to the Indian ocean . Not a cup ! It is on land and I would be looking there........Get your computers out and search gzz.

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