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Families of MH370 crew hit out at Malaysia Airlines union

Families of the crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have hit out at the airline's employees union for reportedly suggesting the carrier move on from the tragedy of the missing plane.

KUALA LUMPUR: Families of the crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have hit out at the airline's employees union for reportedly suggesting the carrier move on from the tragedy of the missing plane.

The families and the national union of flight attendants said Malaysia Airlines is still very much responsible for providing support to those affected.

The union also said Malaysia Airlines' senior management should step down in a bid to boost the ailing airline.

But Jacquita Gonzales, the wife of the plane's in-flight supervisor Patrick Francis, said this would be highly irresponsible.

She said: "You find my husband first, and you find the plane first before you push it off to someone else. The union has no right to tell MAS (Malaysia Airlines) to do that. What is the level of urgency for MH370 now? Initially it was up there, now it's right at the bottom. These are 239 people that are still missing.”

Authorities' recent conclusion that the plane was not in the place they had been scouring for almost three months now, only made things worse.

A tearful Ms Gonzales said: “They did not crash means they're on land somewhere. But if they're on land somewhere and someone wanted the plane, if they wanted to take whatever is on the plane, do you think they would leave 239 witnesses? I don't think so.

“We are concerned if they are somewhere, still alive, do they have food? Are they hurt? Cold? How are they taken care of? We don't know. It's very heart wrenching to know that our loved ones are suffering somewhere. But now you say the pings are not from the aircraft… It's March 8 all over again, and I don't like March 8.”

Malaysia Airlines has maintained it is committed to the families of those on board the missing plane, and will strive to keep them in the loop as best they can.

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