Flight MH370 search expanded
Latest developments indicate Flight MH370 had its communications and tracking systems deliberately turned off as the search area dramatically widens.PT2M28S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34w32 620 349 March 17, 2014
The family of missing Queensland couple Bob and Cathy Lawton are continuing to hold out hope, following a week of confusion and twists in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Bob's brother David said he felt “empty” not knowing what happened to his brother and sister-in-law, but was hopeful details of what happened to the Boeing 777 would emerge soon.
Mr Lawton said the prospect of a potential hijacking was frightening.
David Lawton, 60, at his home in Woodridge, south of Brisbane, wonders what has happened to his younger brother Robert "Bobby" Lawton. Robert, 57, was on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that has been missing for over a week. Photo: Michelle Smith
“If they found the wreckage of the plane then that would be finalised because there's no hope. But while you've got hope, you've got worries too. Because if they're alive, are they being treated well, or what's happening?” he told Fairfax Media.
“One part, I'm feeling maybe they're still alive and there's hope there. The other thing is, we don't know where they are. So I just don't know how to feel really.”
Mr Lawton said the family was being briefed daily by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. But following a week of theories and false leads in the investigation, he was now feeling sceptical of reports about what may have happened.
Malaysia Airlines plane missing. Catherine and Robert Lawton of Springfield Lakes were on board the flight Flight MH370. Photo: Facebook
“You had the oil slick, then we had the particles in the sea, now [the plane] has changed direction. You don't know what to believe or which way to think,” he said.
“It's hard to understand, how can a plane like that just go missing? With today's technology you'd think it wouldn't be problem.
“All we do is listen to the news, because that's all we can do.”
Bob and Cathy Lawton were travelling on MH370 with their friends Rod and Mary Burrows, also from Queensland.
Sydney couple Yuan Li and Naijun Gu, and Perth-based New Zealander Paul Weeks, were also among the 239 people on the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.