While the sweeping of the ocean floor continues in the search of MH370, the Malaysian government has now officially decided that the disappearance of the aircraft has been “an accident”.
This paves the way for the airline to settle the compensation claims with the families of the passengers on board.
You can read more about this on Reuters website here and below is an excerpt:
We officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident … and that all 239 of the passengers and crew onboard MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives,” Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in a statement.
The announcement is in accordance with standards of annexes 12 and 13 in the International Civil Aviation, said Azharuddin. It will allow families of the passengers to obtain assistance through compensation, he said.
The search in the Indian Ocean is still going on and Malaysia is also conducting a criminal investigation, Azharuddin said.
Both investigations are limited by the lack of physical evidence at this time, particularly the flight recorders,” he said.
Therefore, at this juncture, there is no evidence to substantiate any speculations as to the cause of the accident.”
Malaysia said it, China and Australia remained firmly committed to the search.
I personally think that it is quite remarkable that despite the extensive search efforts they have not been able to find any wreckage. You would think that they would have located at least some floating objects from the plane that must have went down somewhere.
It is far from certain that the disappearance of this aircraft would have been “an accident”, regardless what the Malaysian government may have decided. I hope that we would learn one day what happened to the flight, so that adequate safety updates could be done to prevent something similar happening again.