給MH370家屬的公開信: An open letter to the families of those on flight MH370
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
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
(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.)
Dr. Bernd Gans