Questions Linger As Malaysia Marks Two Years Since MH370

March 8, 2016 – Investigators probing the MH370 mystery will release an annual statement, and Malaysia’s parliament will observe a solemn moment of silence to mark two years since the plane’s baffling disappearance.

The anniversary rolls around with relatives increasingly anxious over plans to end the challenging search for an Indian Ocean crash site and with Malaysia Airlines facing a slew of lawsuits over the disaster.

Malaysia, however, said it remained hopeful that MH370 will be found. In a statement issued on Mar 8 (Tuesday), Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said Malaysia remain committed to doing everything within their means to solving what is an agonising mystery for the loved ones of those who were lost.

“The current search operation is expected to be completed later this year, and we remain hopeful that MH370 will be found in the 120,000 square kilometre area under investigation. If it is not, then Malaysia, Australia and China will hold a tripartite meeting to determine the way forward.”

A team of international investigators set up nearly two years ago will issue an annual update of its findings at 3.00pm in Kuala Lumpur.

There has been no indication the statement would contain new insights into what actually happened on Mar 8, 2014, when the plane vanished during an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew.

The team includes investigators from the US National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) and its counterparts from other countries. It is required under international rules to release an annual statement regardless of whether new information has emerged.

Its first report, issued on the one-year anniversary, shed no new light on what remains one of aviation’s greatest mysteries. Analysts believe MH370 veered far off course to the remote southern Indian Ocean, where it went down.

Theories of what caused the disappearance include a possible mechanical or structural failure, a hijacking or terror plot, or rogue pilot action. But nothing has emerged to support any single scenario.

An extensive two-year search led by Australia, which aims to locate debris on the seafloor and possibly retrieve the black boxes, has come up empty.

A wing fragment was found on an island thousands of kilometres from the search area last July and later confirmed to be from MH370, the first proof that the plane went down.

Two new pieces of debris found in the past week have raised anticipation ahead of the anniversary, but are yet to be confirmed as from MH370.

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