Relatives of missing passengers on board MH370 angry over contradictory claims

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Relatives of the missing passengers of Malasia Airlines MH370 have staged protests outisde the airlines’ office in Beijing against what they termed was the mixed signals over whther the part of the plane had indeed been found.

Malasian prime minister Najib Razak earlier said that French experts had conclusively confirmed the part found in Indian Ocean belonged to the missing flight. However, the French investigators, who resumed their tests on the debris found on a remote French island a week ago, did not confirm Razak’s claims and could only say that it was quite likely.

The Boeing 777 carrying 239 passengers on board was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing before it went missing on 8 March 2014.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said that they had discovered more debris including window panes and seat cushions, all of which had been sent to France for further tests. His latest statements have further copounded the confusion as the French experts contradicted his claims.

AFP news agency quoting the French experts said that no new debris had been found.

Correspondents say that the French experts were simply exercising legal cautions and they were were not denying outright Malaysian PM’s claims. Australia, which is leading the search in southern Indian Ocean, said that the search was moving in the direction.

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