France Clashes With Malaysia: What New Plane Debris?

Conflicting information from France, Malaysia, Australia brings confusion
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2015 6:48 AM CDT
France Clashes With Malaysia: What New Plane Debris?
Relatives of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are carried away by police during a protest near the Malaysian embassy in Beijing Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

France and Malaysia are butting heads over the Reunion Island debris thought to be linked to MH370 as the French government kicks off a new search for items using a military plane, helicopter, boats, and people on the ground. In addition to a wing piece Malaysia says is definitely from the missing Boeing 777, the country says it has recovered seat cushions and a plane window that are being examined. But France—now leading the investigation into the crash—says it hasn't seen any new pieces and only says it's probable the flaperon came from MH370, leading to doubt and confusion among passengers' families, reports the Guardian. Adding to the confusion is word from a rep for Australia's transport minister who today said that lots of material has been given to Reunion authorities but none looks like it came from the plane, per the AP.

"I'm waiting for irrefutable proof of what's happened," one relative says. "Otherwise, I will continue believing they've lied to us since the beginning." The BBC reports relatives' reluctance to believe MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean "is not as illogical as it sounds" as Malaysia's search for the plane and release of information have been "marred by delay, confusion, and apparent self-interest." Many distrust information from Australia as well after several leads in the search for the plane turned out to be nothing. Relatives again protested outside Malaysia Airlines' Beijing offices today, while a group of 50 tried to enter the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, reports NBC News. Some demanded to be taken to Reunion to see the debris for themselves. (More MH370 stories.)

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