Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Family members of passengers who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will travel to Madagascar next month to search for debris from the airliner.
« We are using our own savings. We need to do something about it. It is important that the search continues, » said Grace Subathirai Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was on the flight that disappeared March 8, 2014 after departing from Kuala Lumpur toward Beijing.
« To them, it is just a plane, » she told dpa, referring to the Malaysian government. « But to us, it is our loved ones. »
The group visiting Madagascar December 3-11 includes four Malaysians, two Chinese nationals and one French national, said Grace, who will be accompanied by her father.
They will be helped in Madagascar by Blaine Gibson, a US private investigator who has been searching for the wreckage of the Boeing 777 that was carrying 293 people when it vanished, as well as oceanographer Chari Pattiaratchi.
A statement released by Voice 370, the MH370 family association, noted that all the debris found so far had been collected by the public off the East Coast of Africa – including the island nation of Madagascar.
« Despite these hugely important finds, there has been no systematic, organized search by any responsible party, » it said.
« This leaves the NOKs (next-of-kin) no other choice except to take it upon themselves to do something to find answers and closure. »