- Title: Relatives of flight MH370 victims look for answers in Madagascar
- Date: 4th December 2016
- Summary: VARIOUS OF FAMILIES OF MH370 PASSENGERS LOOKING ON /MAP (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR, BLAINE ALAN GIBSON, SAYING: "The only place that debris from Malaysia 370 has been found on the African side of the South West Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Rodrigues, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, La Reunion, Tanzania. None has been found in Australia and Tasmania, all of it on the African side. There are 22 pieces that have been recognised by Malaysia as being by the plane, some from investigation and examination and some from photographs. But there are a total of over 30 pieces of possible or probable Malaysia 370 debris all from the African side of the ocean." BADGE ON T-SHIRT READING "SEARCH ON MH370" FRENCH NATIONAL WHOSE WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN WERE ONBOARD MH370, GHYSLAIN WATTRELOS, TALKING TO JOURNALISTS WATTRELOS HOLDING PAPER WRITTEN MH370 (SOUNDBITE) (English) FAMILY MEMBER OF THREE MH370 PASSENGERS, GHYSLAIN WATTRELOS, SAYING: "Definitely I will stop searching when I will have a definitive answer. Maybe I will not get it, never but I think we will get it one day. Because what I think is, I do believe that many people in this world have a small part of the truth and I do not think they can still hide it for forever." WATTRELOS HOLDING PAPER
- Embargoed: 19th December 2016 11:50
- Keywords: MH370 search plane missing Madagascar Antananarivo Malaysia Airlines
- Location: ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR
- City: ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR
- Country: Madagascar
- Reuters ID: LVA0035BGWYTJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Relatives of passengers aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing more than two years ago said on Sunday (December 4) they hoped to persuade governments to expand the search area along the east African coast.
Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, sparking a search in the southern Indian Ocean that entered its 1,000th day on Saturday.
The group arrived in Madagascar on Saturday (December 3) for a week-long search trip.
They said they hoped their visit would help spur the Malaysian, Chinese and Australian governments to collect debris along the continental coast where parts from the aircraft had been found.
"Definitely I will stop searching when I will have a definitive answer. Maybe I will not get it, never but I think we will get it one day," said Ghyslain Wattrelos whose family members were on the missing flight.
Three pieces of debris found on the beaches of Mauritius, Tanzania and the French island of Reunion, have been confirmed to be from MH370.
Investigators are examining several other pieces found in Mozambique and South Africa.
The search is expected to be suspended by the end of the year, when an Australian-led team completes its scouring of a 120,000-sq-km target area.
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