MH370: Chinese next-of-kin want search to go on

MH370: Chinese next-of-kin want search to go on
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BEIJING: As news of plane debris, possibly from Malaysia Airlines MH370 found on Reunion Island at the Indian Ocean, circulated on news sites, families of Chinese passengers said they are more concern about the whereabouts of their loved ones.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, the family members hoped that the search for the plane would continue as promised by the authorities regardless of whether the debris are confirmed to be from the Beijing-bound airliner that disappeared mysteriously on March 8 last year.

Cheng Liping, whose husband Ju Kun was a passenger, told The Star that the families would not believe that the debris belonged to MH370.

"We won't believe anything until our loved ones are found," she said.

Another next-of-kin, who preferred to remain anonymous, hoped the authorities would clarify the origins of the debris as soon as possible.

MH370, believed to have ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean, carried 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur. Most of the passengers were Chinese nationals.

French authorities are studying a large piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island to determine whether it came from MH370.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing 777, the type of aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines on the ill-fated flight, but that it had not yet been established if it was a piece of the missing plane.

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