April 3rd, 2014
09:53 PM ET

Husband of Flight 370 passenger: I want to know the truth

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier Thursday assured families of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 victims no effort would be spared in the search for the missing aircraft.

"We will not rest - until we have done everything we humanly can," Abbott said.

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Among the families looking for answers is the husband of Chandrika Sharma, who was on board the missing flight.

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She was on her way to a United Nation conference in Mongolia to help people who work in the fish industry.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke her husband, Kilapandal Santhanam Narendran.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. DTS

    Dear Ms. Burnett,

    Another excellent interview.

    Do you know if the MH370 plane was in either Jakarta, Indonesia or Bali, Indonesia on February 14, 2014? Mount Kelud erupted on February 14, 2014 and ash from the volcano affected airspace from Jakarta to Bali. Malaysia Airlines serves airports in both Jakarta and Bali.

    Volcanic ash can pose particular hazards to aircraft.

    April 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  2. Jeff

    The key aspect to this investigation that deserves more attention is the fact that no one has disclosed the data they used to determine the "area of highest probability" for the flight to have gone down. Consider you are "the authorities" and the truth is you have no idea whatsoever where the plane is. You have families of victims, their countries, their attorneys, etc. all frustrated, and disappointed if not irate regarding the handling of the investigation. So consider the situation purely from a public relations standpoint. If you were the authorities, realizing that you cannot search the entire Indian Ocean, why not define an "area of highest probability" so that you can have a search area that you can search in a way that the families and such will consider you did a "thorough" search, at least in this area that you have defined. So then when you don't find it you can say "we tried your best." Now consider the alternative in this hypothetical situation: telling the truth; which is to confirm they have no data that can give them any degree of confidence as to where the plan might be, so, it would be foolish and a waste of resources (akin to a "wild goose chase") to perform any search at all. But the latter would be such a PR (a probably legal) nightmare that the authorities have no choice but to give the illusion that they know approximately where the plane should be. They can't make the area to small because then that would indicate they have concrete data as to the plane's location, which they don't, but they can't make the area too large as it would be obvious they have no clue and will never find the plane. This reminds me of the scene in the movie "A Few Good Men" where Jack Nicholson says "you can't handle the truth!" That, in my opinion, is the situation we have here with the "highest probability" of being true.

    April 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply

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