AT 85, Irene Burrows is hoping she lives long enough to find out what happened to MH370.
The mother and mother-in-law of Australian passengers Rodney and Mary Burrows, Irene has long accepted she will never see her son and his wife again.But she has not given up hope the Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 will be found and an explanation provided for its mysterious disappearance on March 8 last year.

“I was hoping before Christmas (it would be found) and then before Rodney’s 60th,” says Irene from her central Queensland home at Biloela.

“You’re always hoping you’ll hear something.

“For the first week, we thought they’d find it.

“Now I hope that it happens in our lifetime. My husband (George) is 87, and I’m 85.

“That’s probably the only thing that keeps us going. I’d love to know before I go.”

Incredibly in an age of sophisticated technology, where satellite dishes can reportedly spot a cricket ball in a desert, there are more questions than answers about MH370’s fate. Hard facts about the aircraft’s disappearance are so few they barely fill a page. We know the Malaysia Airlines’ flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing took off at 12.41am local time. We know the weather conditions were good, and the pilot and copilot were well respected with 40-years’ flying experience between them. We know that the first 38-minutes of the flight were unremarkable, at least as far as those on the ground were concerned.

We know that after the aircraft’s final transmission to Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control — “Goodnight Malaysian three-seven-zero” — the Boeing 777 was never heard from again other than a series of satellite pings. Beyond that, piecing together the fate of MH370 has been an exercise bogged down in confusion and contradictions, wild speculation and for the next-of-kin, enormous grief and frustration.

For the first week after the flight’s disappearance it was thought the plane had crashed into the South China Sea or Gulf of Thailand… see more