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Debris confirmed from MH370; relatives hope for discovery of crash site

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 01:26

Malaysian officials confirm a breakthrough in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370, which disappeared 17 months ago. Diane Hodges reports.

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(OPENS WITH UPSOT OF MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER NAJOB RAZAK) "It is with a very heavy heart...." After 17 months of searching, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says officials have finally found a piece of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. In a televised statement in Kuala Lumpur, he said investigators have confirmed that the debris found on Reunion Island in teh Indian Ocean is from the plane that vanished in March of 2014. He extended sympathies to the families of the 239 people on board. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK, SAYING: "MH370's disappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you." In Kuala Lumpur, Jacquita Gonzales, the wife of one of the crew members, greeted the news with a mixture of emotions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WIFE OF IN-FLIGHT SUPERVISOR, JACQUITA GONZALES, SAYING: "Nervous, anxious, sad, angry. Everything rolled into one. I don't know whether there's a name for all of that, but that's how we feel, because we're still on a roller-coaster ride." Lim Khim Fatt, the husband of another crew member, says one piece of debris is not engouth to satisfy relatives. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUSBAND OF CABIN CREW MEMBER, LIM KHIM FATT, SAYING: "Therer must be more debris to be found. Don't just show that one piece of flaperon. That's not enough at all." He said he still has many questions about what happened to the plane. But officials say, unless the plane's data recorders are found, those answers will be difficult to provide.

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Debris confirmed from MH370; relatives hope for discovery of crash site

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 01:26