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MH370 search closed: Will never give up hope, come what may, says Pune victim’s husband

Among the 239 passengers on-board the ill-fated MH370 Malaysian Airlines aircraft was Kranti Shirsath, a resident of Pune. Though Malaysian authorities, in an email to Prahlad Shirsath, husband of Kranti Shirsath, said that the operation ended without any finding, he is still hoping for a silver lining.

pune Updated: May 30, 2018 14:57 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Kranti Shirsath (right) was flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur to subsequently join her husband in North Korea, where Prahlad Shirsath used to work as country director of a humanitarian agency, Concern Worldwide. (HT PHOTO)

Four years after the ill-fated MH370 flight went missing, the Malaysian government, on Tuesday, stopped its search operations, putting an end to the fragile hope of hundreds of families.

Among the 239 passengers on-board the Malaysian Airlines aircraft was Kranti Shirsath, a resident of Pune. On May 24, Malaysian authorities, in an email to Prahlad Shirsath, husband of Kranti Shirsath, said that the operation that started in January ended without any finding. It was later extended up to May 29, 2018.

“This means that we are on the final week of the search now and we hope that Ocean Infinity would be able to find the aircraft. We will continue to engage with the authorities to get more updates on this, including what happens next, and will keep you informed,” states the email received by Shirsath.

Kranti was flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur to subsequently join her husband in North Korea, where Prahlad used to work as country director of a humanitarian agency, Concern Worldwide.

“It has been four years since the search operation started. The Malaysian government has now told us that operations will end on May 29,” said Prahlad, who has returned to his native place in Ahmednagar. Prahlad has worked extensively in the field of humanitarian aid and has done stints in Afghanistan, Indonesia and Tajikistan, while his wife turned housewife after working her 10-year stint as a college lecturer in Pune.

Despite Malaysian authorities giving up the search operation, Prahlad said he would never give up the hope that some news about the plane would surface one day. “We were hoping that someday there will be news about the remains of the aircraft. So far, there has not been any such development,” said Prahlad adding that he is being regularly updated by the Malaysian authorities on the search operation.

There were four Indians on-board when the aircraft went missing. Besides Kranti Shirsat, a lecturer turned housewife, Vinod Kolekar, Chetana Kolekar, Swanand Kolekar and Chandrika Sharma were on-board the missing aircraft.

First Published: May 30, 2018 14:52 IST