After weeks of search in the Indian Ocean, an investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is considering the possibility that the plane has landed somewhere else, sources say.
Malaysia’s New Strait Times daily on Wednesday quoted sources close to the international investigation team that the investigators are looking at the possibility that the missing jet did not crash into the Indian Ocean and landed safely at an unknown location.
“The thought of it landing somewhere else is not impossible, as we have not found a single debris that could be linked to MH370. However, the possibility of a specific country hiding the plane when more than 20 nations are searching for it, seems absurd,” the sources told the Malaysian newspaper.
It came as more than a dozen planes and ships are still looking for possible debris of the jet in the ocean.
Flight MH370 with 239 people on board was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it suddenly disappeared from air traffic control radars on March 8.
Malaysian officials said on Sunday that the government would look into issuing death certificates for those onboard the plane, needed for their relatives to seek insurance payments, settle debts and other issues.
The relatives of the passengers, however, issued a statement and denounced the government’s move.
“We, the families of MH370, believe that until they have conclusive proof that the plane crashed with no survivors, they have no right to attempt to settle this case with the issuance of death certificates and final payoffs,” a statement of the relatives said.
- Goldman Sachs executive takes ‘personal leave’ amid Malaysian fund corruption probes
- Australia revives search for MH370, says it's well targeted this time
- Don't blame Russia for MH17 crash: Donald Trump
- China 'severely concerned' about remarks by US officials on territorial waters
- Chinese submarine searches Indian Ocean for gold, other metals