May 27th, 2014
12:17 PM ET

Should the Ocean Search for MH370 Stop Until There's Certainty it's in Right Spot?

Families of passengers on missing Flight 370 are angry at the amount of time it's taken for the Malaysian government to release raw data for independent review, and they still believe the search may be in the wrong place.

After more than two months, data from communications between Inmarsat satellites and the missing flight was made public on Tuesday.

Sarah Bajc, whose partner, Philip Wood, was on the plane, spoke on "New Day" Tuesday and voiced her frustration.

"When we first asked for this data ... it was meant to be helpful," she said. "We didn’t expect it to turn into a circus of back and forth."

Bajc acknowledged that families want this data because they are skeptical about the current search area, especially since no wreckage or debris has been found in more than 20 missions.

She said the ocean search for the plane should stop until officials have more certainty of the correct area.

"As much as I want to find that plane, I don’t believe we should be wasting the resources of Australia and the other countries that are involved hunting someplace that we have no idea if it’s correct."

Bajc wants an independent third-party to review all the information that Malaysia has and believes that information will change the location of the search.

"Whether that’s 100 kilometers shift in one direction or it’s completely the opposite arc – I have no idea," she said.

The current phase of the underwater search will officially wrap up on Wednesday and may not resume until "August at the very earliest," according to Martin Dolan, Australia's top transport safety official.

Officials plan to move forward by mapping the ocean floor and bringing in more specialized equipment to the search zone, which could take up to a year and will be led by a single private contractor.

Let us know in the comments, do you agree with Bajc?

Watch her full interview above.

READ: MH370: Transport safety chief says next phase of underwater search months away

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  1. Matt

    Dr Recalcitrant says the CIA has got it, come guys and girls give it back.

    June 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  2. Dave

    Did the plane crash in the Arabian Sea? Approx Lat 19 long 63?

    May 28, 2014 at 6:10 am | Reply
  3. Dave

    All the families of the passengers and crew should be given the opportunity to be more involved and if the plane is found they should have the right to be there through the whole investigation period.

    May 28, 2014 at 6:03 am | Reply
  4. Sparky

    Search teams will find downed plane in Diamantina Trench where pilot intentionally allowed plane to land after running out of fuel. Will need equipment to reach 26400 feet below surface.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  5. Dave

    The families of the missing passengers and crew should have more say on decisions because they have loved ones missing and the right to know what really happened.

    May 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply

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