Devastated Families Of Malaysian Airliner Victims Struggle With New Reports Of Debris

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Bao Lanfang, second from right, whose daughter-in-law, son, and granddaughter were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, kneels in grief while speaking to journalists outside the company's offices in Beijing.
As investigators continue to analyze debris found on the island of Réunion, the families who lost their loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are struggling to cope with the news and the uncertainty. More than 500 days after their relatives went missing, some of the victims' families say they are unsure whether they can trust what officials are telling them.

"Nervous, anxious, sad, angry — everything rolled into one," is how one relative described her emotions prior to Prime Minister Najib Razak's confirmation that a recovered piece of debris did, in fact, belong to the plane. Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014.

"Conspiracy, liar, cover up. Everything about this whole incident is odd," Jennifer Chong, who lost her husband, seated in 1C, tweeted.
Because the aircraft's disappearance was so abrupt and information about how air-traffic controllers lost contact with it is still unclear, conspiracy theories have inevitably surfaced.

After Malaysian and French authorities disagreed on the certainty of Prime Minister Najib's statements on Wednesday, The Guardian rounded up the most prominent theories for what, besides grave human error, could have caused the plane to crash.

“We will not accept the lost without 100% certainty that the part is belong to MH370," a group called MH370 Families wrote on its Facebook page.

"Why not wait and get everybody on the same page so the families don't need to go through this turmoil?" Sara Weeks, whose brother was on board, asked, according to the Associated Press.

On Twitter, others expressed their skepticism, anger, and dismay.

Refinery29 is updating its coverage of missing Flight MH370 as we learn more.

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