Family members of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passengers were informed last week that the support center in Shunyi, at the outskirts of Chinese capital Beijing, will close from Tuesday, after being open for almost a full year.
The center was opened on 4th May last year and was a place where next of kin could get information about the missing flight, as well as those who were on board when it mysteriously disappeared over South China Sea on the 8th of March. Of 239 people traveling approximately two-thirds were from China.
The support center near Beijing was set up and staffed by the Chinese and Malaysian governments and Malaysia Airlines.
Family members received a notice signed by the “Chinese government joint working platform” about the center being shut down. The notice said that the decision to do this was made following taking current circumstances into view.
Those who still want to be informed of the fates of those who disappeared with flight MH370 can do so through the State Bureau of Letters and Calls by writing a petition.
In January this year the Malaysian government finally ruled the vanishing of MAS flight MH370 as an accidents. All 239 passengers and crew members are now presumed to be dead.
The search for the wreckage continues in the southern Indian Ocean, where it is believed the plane had dropped during its journey from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to the Beijing Capital International Airport in China
According to the Transport Minister of Malaysia, Liow Tiong Lai, the search area will be extended by another 60,000 square kilometers if the aircraft is not found by May this year.
Earlier this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised his government will make all possible efforts to find the plane and the Chinese nationals who were on it.