MH370 data appeases families

Last updated 22:53 28/05/2014

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Danica Weeks hopes satellite data released to the public will reassure families that authorities are looking in the right place for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Weeks last saw her New Zealand husband, Paul, when he left their Perth home for a new fly-in, fly-out engineering job in Mongolia.

The 38-year-old is among 239 passengers and crew still missing and presumed dead after the Malaysia Airlines jet on which they were travelling vanished off Vietnam on March 8.

Danica Weeks is a spokeswoman for Voice 370, an international committee set up to represent families of those on board MH370.

The group pressured Malaysian authorities to release raw satellite data so it could be examined by independent experts. The Malaysian government agreed to do so and issued a 45-page report.

Weeks said Voice 370 was happy with the release as it was "a step towards transparency", but "we are not sure why they held onto it for so long".

"There does not seem to be anything in there that would have held back its release. We are grappling with completely changed lives and ... trying to fight to get transparency at the same time. We have been through enough," she said.

Weeks said the group would welcome "anyone that can read the data, give us feedback, crunch the numbers and check the assumptions".

Voice 370 had sent the data to various experts and posted a link to the data on its Facebook page.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Boeing 777 soon after it took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, on a night flight to Beijing over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.

An international investigation team led by Malaysia concluded that the jet flew south after it was last spotted on Malaysian military radar to the west of the Malaysian peninsular and ended up in the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia.

An official search of a "high priority" area failed to find any evidence of the plane's fate or further clues.

Weeks said it was "a prudent step" to go back and check the newly released data and "if we are [searching] in the right place ... great".

"Emotionally and physically we can only take so much of this not knowing. The longer it goes on for us, the worse it gets, because there is so much conspiracy and people's theories around it," she said.

"We just want some hard facts and we want transparency from the Malaysians. I think we just have to peel it back piece by piece and get to the truth."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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