MH370: Check Kandahar, say family members
PETALING JAYA:Family members of the missing MH370 flight passengers want the government to investigate claims that the missing flight is in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
There are reports that the plane is in the South Asian country and it quoted Russian intelligence agency as the source.
The request was made by the next of kin in a letter dated April 14 and is addressed to Acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein. A copy was also forwarded to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
“We are aware that Government of Malaysia is currently focusing its search effort in South Indian Ocean based on the data supplied by Inmarsat. However, we are entering the 37th day without success in finding any physical evidence in this area.
“Hence, it is high time that the Government should start thinking out of the box by exploring and re-examining all leads, new and old.
“Based on this spirit, we respectfully request your kind consideration to re-engage the Russian and Afghanistan governments in order to examine and verify the claim that MH370 landed in Afghanistan.
“We are confident that the Malaysian government will find that this path is worth exploring considering the lives of 239 passengers and crew on board MH370,” said the next of kin in the letter that was published on Facebook.
The MAS flight bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport had gone missing from radar on March 8.
Search efforts have been focused in the southern part of the Indian Ocean but to date nothing related to MH370 has been found.