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1. Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues on the anniversary of its disappearance.
By Samantha Hawley for ABC News.
The Malaysian government has promised relatives of flight MH370 passengers the search for the missing plane will not be abandoned on the first anniversary of its disappearance.
Today marks one year since the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar screens, with an international team expected to release a report on the plane’s change of trajectory towards the southern Indian Ocean.
The milestone is a painful one for the families of the missing passengers.
“This year is very important for us. Because of the pain, suffering and torture,” Kelly Wen, one passenger’s wife, said.
“I don’t know how to describe it.”
Liu Jiuying, the sister of one of passengers, said she did not know how to cope.
“We haven’t told my mother. We’re lying to her,” she said.
On March 8, 2014, the Malaysia Airlines flight set off on its doomed journey from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers and crew on board, including six Australians.
Two-thirds of those on board the flight were Chinese, and in Kuala Lumpur their families gathered to demand answers.
“We hope the Malaysian government will meet us instead of avoiding us. I don’t know why they are doing that,” Ms Wen said.
Twelve months on and millions of dollars later, the search on the ocean floor continues but not a single piece of the plane has been found.
Malaysian transport minister Liow Tong Lai said Saturday his government remained committed to the search but added it remained unclear what the next steps would be if the deep-sea search currently underway found nothing.
“The people of Malaysia remember this date. The world community will remember this date – the March 8 disappearance of MH370 – and we are together with the next of kin,” he said.
“I would like to say to the next of kin that we will continue to be committed to the search.”
But Mr Liow said if nothing was found in the zone currently being scoured, the team would “have to go back to the drawing board”.
He said they would re-examine all available data used to determine a suspected crash zone.