MALAYSIA (NEWS1130) – A year ago today, shortly after midnight, 227 passengers and 12 crew members departed on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bejiing.
At 1:19 a.m., the Boeing 777 made last contact with Malaysian air traffic control, with the pilot signing off by saying, “Good night Malaysian 370.”
No evidence of the plane has been seen since.
The anniversary of the disappearance comes as the first comprehensive report of the flight reveals shocking evidence: The battery of an underwater locator beacon had expired more than a year before the plane vanished.
Apart from that anomaly, the report sheds little light on aviation’s biggest mystery.
Loved ones gathered Sunday at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, to mark the first anniversary of the disappearance.
Investigators say they believe the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, but even after months of searching, no wreckage has been found.
For family members of those on board the flight, including Jaqcuita Gomes, whose husband Patrick was an in-flight supervisor on MH 370, the heartbreak continues.
“I will still waiting for them to bring my husband back, even if it’s just one finger, if it’s his, at least I can say good-bye,” Gomes said.
A comprehensive search was undertaken across tens of thousands of square miles of ocean in a number of different regions, and the current search efforts are focused on the bottom of the Indian Ocean more than a thousand miles southwest of Perth, Australia.
Gomes says she wants officials to continue searching, despite no new evidence of the plane.
“They promised from day one that they would not stop looking, and I will hold them to that promise.”