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March 20th, 2014
11:45 PM ET

Joe Padilla, whose brother's flight went missing in 2003: "He boarded this plane and then it took off...and no one knows what happened to it"

As the search for debris in the Indian Ocean continues, the families of the passengers of Flight 370 find themselves in a difficult position. While they remain desperate for answers, confirmation of aircraft wreckage would almost certainly mean the loss of loved ones.

Eleven years ago Joe Padilla went through a similar ordeal, as the plane his brother boarded went missing in May of 2003. It hasn't been heard from since.

Joining "Piers Morgan Live" Thursday evening, Padilla shared a bit of his story.

"All I know is the FBI had told me in the beginning, when this happened, that my brother was on a plane," Padilla told Bill Weir, who reprised his role as guest host for a fourth straight evening. "He boarded this plane and then it took off. And no one knows what happened to it."

Padilla's brother Ben was a certified flight engineer and took off from Angola on a Boeing 727. While Thursday's guest sympathizes with friends and relatives of the passengers from Flight 370, he noted that at least they are privy to updated information:

"As far as all the help that the passengers on this plane, their family members are lucky," he suggested. "Because they have almost the whole world searching for them, for this plane. I didn't have that luxury. I had to do the searching myself."

As an aviation trial attorney, Michael Verna is all too familiar with the emotional toll of such an event can take on those tied to the missing, or lost.

"The grief is incalculable for these families. Not knowing what happened to their loved ones is something that I don't think any of of us can really imagine," explained the man who won a 23 million dollar settlement on behalf of the families of the victims of Flight 447, the Air France flight that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean. "We have this problem where there's basically a conflict between this insatiable need to have more information and the lack of any reliable information. And those two sometimes conflict. The real impact of this, that I've seen as a lawyer representing victims in these crashes, is on the families themselves. Their hopes get up, and then their hopes are dashed. Their hopes get up, and then their hopes are dashed."

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