A year ago today, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Millions of dollars and countless man hours have been spent searching for the missing airliner.
On the one year anniversary of the airliner's mysterious disappearance, what is it that we know? Unfortunately, not much, and the lack of clear answers only adds to the angst and despair felt by the relatives of MH370 victims.
On Sunday, an International Civil Aviation Organization released a 584-page report that brought little new information to light. The report did indicate that the flight data recorder battery on MH370 had expired more than a year before the ill-fated flight went missing, a costly mistake that drastically reduced the chances of finding the airliner.
As if this news weren't bad enough, the Strait Times reported that MH370 was carrying 221 kilograms of lithium-ion batteries, which are known to catch fire and emit toxic fumes. These batteries didn't have to undergo normal security screening prior to the flight, even though they have previously brought down two cargo planes within the last five years.
These grief-stricken families, who have endured indescribable suffering, must be wondering if they'll ever get the justice they deserve.
Baum Hedlund is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that they do.
Malaysia Airlines has done little to provide relatives with solid information or monetary compensation. In June 2014, the airline offered relatives $50,000 in initial compensation, but Malaysia Airlines limited the timeframe in which families could accept the offer. The lackluster amount, coupled with the airline's timeline, show disrespect to the losses these families have suffered.
"These losses are actually measured in millions," says aviation attorney Ilyas Akbari. "We will seek justice to the fullest extent possible and hold Malaysia Airlines accountable for putting profits over safety and their poverty of compassion for suffering families."