Thursday 8 December 2016

MH370: Poignant photos of 'possible' victims belongings from missing plane released

Personal items include a wash bag, prayer hat and rucksack

Published 20/06/2016 | 09:58

An Angry Birds bag recovered Aircrash Support Group Australia
An Angry Birds bag recovered Aircrash Support Group Australia
A prayer hat found by Blaine Gibson on Riake beach in Madagascar, which may or may not belong to passengers of the MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight
The sole of a shoe found by Blaine Gibson on Riake beach in Madagascar, which may or may not belong to passengers of the MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight
A bag and pen found by Blaine Gibson, a lawyer and adventurer searching for the MH370 flight, on Riake beach in Madagascar

Photographs of personal items which may have belonged to passengers of the missing MH370 flight have been released, after objects washed up on a beach in Madagascar.

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Images of hats, bags, laptop cases and shoes were posted online in an effort to determine whether they belonged to those on board the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared two years ago.

A prayer hat found by Blaine Gibson on Riake beach in Madagascar, which may or may not belong to passengers of the MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight
A prayer hat found by Blaine Gibson on Riake beach in Madagascar, which may or may not belong to passengers of the MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight

Blaine Gibson, a lawyer who is funding a search for the plane, warned the items may not be linked to the missing Boeing 777 but has asked relatives of people lost on the flight to come forward if they recognise them.

The flight disappeared on with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

The sole of a shoe found by Blaine Gibson on Riake beach in Madagascar, which may or may not belong to passengers of the MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight
The sole of a shoe found by Blaine Gibson on Riake beach in Madagascar, which may or may not belong to passengers of the MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight

Until now, about three-quarters of the 46,000-square-mile search zone for the Malayasia Airlines Flight has been scoured without success by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

The new photographs from Riake Beach in Madagascar show a camera case, shoulder bags, laptop case, shoes, prayer hat, wash bag, phone case and rucksack.

Although they are not yet known to belong to the MH370 flight, the items have washed up in Madagascar close to where Mr Gibson has found other debris.

Several false alarms have occurred during the course of the investigation, including a sonar search which turned up a 19th century shipwreck.

An object which appeared to be a tail wing, on which was written "NO STEP", also washed up in Mozambique in March this year, following a piece of debris from the flight turning up on Reunion Island in July 2015.

The families of the missing passengers have accused the Malaysian government of failing to do enough to uncover the truth about the plane's disappearance.

"We believe our loved ones may still be alive and are being held at an undisclosed location for unknown reasons," a statement previously issued by the group has said.

The families of the missing passengers have accused the Malaysian government of failing to do enough to uncover the truth about the plane's disappearance.

"We believe our loved ones may still be alive and are being held at an undisclosed location for unknown reasons," a statement previously issued by the group has said.

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