While we are all praying and hoping for the best for the 239 travelers onboard the missing MH370 flight, their families have been under such tremendous pressure that few people can empathize. A German association of family members of the victims of Air France flight AAF447 which took two years to recover have written an open letter to the families of those missing in flight MH370. We are publishing the letter in full as well as a translation in Chinese.

OPEN LETTER TO THE FAMILIES OF THE PASSENGERS OF FLIGHT MH370

Berlin, 16th March 2014

Dear All,

On behalf of the families of the German victims of flight AF447, which crashed on 1st of June 2009, we would like to express to you our sympathy and compassion in these days of utmost anxiety about the fate of your beloved ones on flight MH370.

Like you, we are completely dismayed about the vague and partially contradicting information policy by the Malaysian Government. As MH370 is an international flight and booked by passengers from various countries, you as families should feel entitled to approach your respective national Governments to put pressure on the Malaysian military and civil authorities to speed up the investigations and to care for quicker release of findings.

We also encourage you to demand together with your national Governments right now and in addition to ICAO Annex 13 (Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation) a neutral investigation to be carried out by competent experts of your choice in order to safeguard full transparency and best practices be applied. In this respect the families concerned should also envisage a legal incorporation in form of an association in their respective home countries.

As to immediate financial aid we recommend that you demand from Malaysia Airlines a first installment out of 113,100 special drawing rights according to the Montreal Convention of 28th May 1999.

Watching your case very carefully and sending you our sincerest wishes

Dr. Bernd Gans
President
bernd.gans@web.de

Barbara Crolow
Vice-President

bcrolow@googlemail.com


(I translated the letter in Chinese. Please forgive any unintended mistakes. If you have a better translation for certain terms or phrases, please post in the comments. The reason for the translation is that I couldn't find a full translation anywhere else and there are 159 Chinese passengers out of 239 on board MH370.)

給MH370家屬的公開信

親愛的朋友們,

我們謹代表於2009年6月1日墜毀的法國航空AF447航班之所有德國空難遇難者家屬會團,向您們致意。我們非常同情您們為了不知在MH370航班上親友的安危而感受到的焦慮。

如同您們,我們對馬來西亞政府提供的模糊,甚至部分自相矛盾的信息感到極其失望。由於MH370是一個有來自不同國家乘客的國際航班,您們有權要求您們各自的國家政府對馬來西亞軍方和民事當局施加壓力,以使加速調查步伐,並加快調查結果的公佈。

我們也鼓勵您們與您們的各國政府聯合一起,根據國際民航組織加附條款13 (航空事故和事故調查)要求成立中立的調查,必須由您們選擇有能力的專家,以保障充分的透明度和合適的調查方式。在這方面,有關家庭也應該設想在各自國家内成立一個合乎法律形式的協會。

至於即時的經濟援助,我們建議您們根據1999年5月28日的蒙特利爾公約, 要求馬來西亞航空公司撥出113,100特別提款權頭款。

我們正在密切關注您們的事件, 並請接受我們最誠摯的祝福。

Dr. Bernd Gans
President
bernd.gans@web.de

Barbara Crolow
Vice-President

bcrolow@googlemail.com