KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 – Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be making arrangements to fly family members of the ill-fated flight MH370 to Perth, should any physical wreckage be found. MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the Australian government is offering exemption on the visa application process for families of passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines aircraft. “Ever since satellite findings first indicated that flight MH370 ended in the South Indian Ocean nearest to Australia, the Australian government too has given immense support to Malaysia Airlines, from coordinating the search for the aircraft and offering a fee exemption on visa application process.
“We are extremely grateful for such support,” he said in a statement here Friday. More credible leads on the missing jetliner have come up with the latest being a Thai satellite detecting 300 floating objects, ranging from 2m to 15m in the Indian Ocean, about 200km from the international search area for the missing MH370 The images were taken by the Thaichote satellite on March 24, a day after images from a French satellite showed 122 floating objects. Meanwhile, Ahmad Jauhari said MAS was extremely thankful for the support pouring in from governments around the world and of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Transport as both Najib and Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and their staff had been at the forefront of every effort in locating MH370.
“Whilst we understand that there will inevitably be speculation during this period, we do ask people to bear in mind the effect this has on the families of all those on board. Their anguish and distress increases with each passing day, with each fresh rumour, and with each false or misleading report,” he said. Ahmad Jauhari thanked the media publications that have been responsible in their reporting of MH370. “We shall continue to cooperate in providing such information as we can but independent investigations are now underway and we do operate under strict constraints in this regard,” he said. The Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 and disappeared from the radar screens about an hour later while flying over the South China Sea. It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30 am (Malaysian time) on the same day but now the flight is believed to have ended in the south of Indian Ocean.