Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MH370 book and films 'are heartless'

The wife of a Kiwi man on board Flight MH370 says the release of a book about the missing plane is "heartless" and too soon.

It is more than two months since Danica Weeks last saw her husband, Paul, when he left their Perth home for a new fly-in-fly-out engineering job in Mongolia.

The 38-year-old former Christchurch man is among 239 passengers and crew still missing and presumed dead after the Malaysia Airlines jet they were on vanished off the coast of Vietnam on March 8.

Flight MH370: The Mystery, the first book about the disaster, went on sale this week with a sinister theory about what might have happened to the plane.

The book, written by author and journalist Nigel Cawthorne, records the events, emotions and theories unfolding on a backdrop of fruitless searches.

It does not claim to have any answers, but discusses a theory that the aircraft may have been accidentally shot down during a joint Thai-United States military exercise in the South China Sea.

The book's release coincided with announcements on the making of two films for the big screen about the flight.

Indian director Rupesh Paul has released a 90-second trailer for The Vanishing Act, featuring thriller-style music, terrified passengers and a love triangle between flight attendants.

Paul told Variety the partly-fictional movie would respect Flight MH370's real-life passengers and crew. The "biggest challenge" was the prospect of the plane being discovered, disproving his script's theory on its disappearance, he said.

A Dark Reflection by Fact Not Fiction Films is also in the pipeline, according to a full page ad in The Hollywood Reporter.

Weeks said she tried to "push [the book and films] outside of my thoughts" as it was too upsetting to dwell on them.

"It makes me so angry that they could do something so heartless . . . when we know nothing," she said.

"It is way too early. I wish they would put their energy into helping us find the truth. If they know what happened, that would be great. We would love to know."

Weeks is a spokeswoman for Voice 370, an international committee set up to represent families of those on board Flight MH370.

The group wants authorities to release raw satellite data for "broader analysis by relevant experts" after an official search in the Indian Ocean failed to find any evidence of the plane's fate or further clues.

"I was expecting them to find something in that high-priority area, because they were so confident . . . and they did not. I am right back to square one. It is crushing," Weeks said.

Malaysia Airlines offered to fly the young family to Christchurch for a memorial service for Paul, but Weeks told The Press she would hold off "until they find something".

"It is just so hard. It really is. Our lives have been irrevocably changed forever. I am just trying to cope," she said.

- The Press

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