Nearly a decade after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the families of the 239 passengers on board are seeking justice and compensation in a Beijing court, CNN writes.
The flight, which vanished during a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, left behind a trail of questions and unresolved grief for the relatives of those lost.
Leading the charge is Jiang Hui, a 50-year-old Chinese national who lost his 70-year-old mother in the tragedy.
Jiang, along with around 40 other families, predominantly Chinese, is demanding compensation from the airline, its insurance company, Boeing, and the manufacturers of the aircraft's engine.
Their demands extend beyond financial remuneration; they seek an official apology, psychological support, and the establishment of a fund to continue the search for the missing aircraft.
The case, heard in a Beijing court on Monday, marks a significant moment for these families who have refused previous settlement offers, demanding accountability from the airline and the Malaysian government. Each family's claim varies slightly, but they all share a common thread of seeking justice and closure.
The legal battle faces complexities, given that all the defendants are international entities based outside China, though some have branches within the country. Similar cases brought in the United States were dismissed, directing the families to pursue their claims in Malaysia.
Out of the 239 passengers, 153 were Chinese citizens. Those who initially accepted the settlement received over two million kroner in compensation. However, Jiang Hui and other families refused the deal, citing its failure to hold the airline and government accountable.
As the court proceedings unfold, the world watches, hoping that the families of MH370 victims will finally find the answers and closure they have been seeking for nearly a decade.