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    Families Fear the Worst on Missing Malaysia Plane

    Family members of passengers aboard a missing plane cry at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 9, 2014.
    Family members of passengers aboard a missing plane cry at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 9, 2014.
    Shannon Van Sant
    Fear and frustration are growing among family members of passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared in Southeast Asia, and many are demanding more details from airline officials as the search continues for the missing plane.
     
    Families of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 370 are vacillating between hope and fear for their loved ones as days pass without details of why the plane vanished early Saturday morning or where it might be.  

    Two thirds of the passengers were Chinese, and hundreds of family members are waiting in Beijing for answers from airline officials. Many are holed up at a hotel in the city suburbs, where the mood has grown increasingly chaotic as reporters swarm about and press conferences reveal few new details.  
     
    American Sarah Bajc is also waiting in Beijing for news of her boyfriend Philip Wood, who was the flight.  
     
    “I Am personally not willing to give up hope that there is a chance we will find survivors, that we will find the plane," she said. "There just has to be a chance.”  
     
    She says Malaysia Airlines has given her hourly updates, but no further details on the flight. One family member of a passenger from Shanghai complained of the continuing mystery surrounding the flight.  
     
    There is still no information, she said. My husband's brother was on that plane, the woman said, without giving her name.  
     
    Two hundred 39 people of 14 nationalities were onboard the plane. Some details have emerged. Radar shows the plane may have turned back after takeoff; up to four of the passengers may have been carrying stolen passports; and the Vietnamese government says it found several kilometer-long oil slicks that could indicate a crash into the ocean.  
     
    Earlier Sunday, Ignatius Ong, a spokesperson from Malaysia Airlines, gave a press conference.

    He said, “About three to four hours ago, as times has continued to move on without finding the aircraft, Malaysian airlines has also informed family members, we have sent to inform them to expect the worst due to the fact that we couldn't find anything.”
     
    Family members describe their long wait for news of the aircraft as an excruciating roller coaster ride. The United States, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and China have sent vessels to assist with search and rescue efforts, while the Philippines and Singapore have sent planes that are scouring the region.

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    by: Anonymous
    March 10, 2014 6:33 PM
    That is so sad , god bless that there our survivors

    by: M Y from: sacto, ca
    March 09, 2014 6:11 PM
    It is human nature to hold out hope despite the overwhelming evidence that there can be no survivors. After two days, things such as a hijacking to a secret location without any radar indication of such cannot be considered realistic. It is time for the airline and the authorities to give out the grim confirmation to the families and friends of their loved ones so that the grieving process can then start. It is very sad but the prolonging faint hope is cruel at this point,

    by: Chhoeung Chanpiseth from: Cambodia
    March 09, 2014 2:51 PM
    I, Actually, just show the idea of mine on this event that this MH370 _ 777-200 aircraft might not have been exploded or fell into the ocean because if it had been like that by this time it would be explored by the Co rescued authorities such China USA Vietnam The Philippines Singapore and Malaysia itself in the ocean, but I think that aircraft may have been hijacked and brought to a mysterious place by cutting off the signal which was out of the control by radar, whatever happens I hopefully all passengers and screw members will be okay and alive.
    Finally on behalf of Cambodia I please pray my Buddha and Allah for keeping peace and safety to all of them, by this time I am now here in Malaysia and also one of the passengers using Malaysia Airline flight to KL, Malaysia too.
    With Best Regards,
    Chhoeung Chanpiseth
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    by: Doug from: Canada
    March 09, 2014 7:54 PM
    Now your the one not being realistic here.You just cannot make a plane the size of a Boeing 777 simply disappear.
    The cold hard truth is the plane crashed into the water and it will be only a matter of time before the wreckage is located. This nonsense of it being hijacked and landed is somewhere
    is nuts!!!!! Enough already of this conspiracy crap.

    by: Kafantaris from: Warren, Ohio
    March 09, 2014 9:41 AM
    Why are we still relying on flight recorders?
    Airplanes should be constantly sending their flight data to monitoring servers worldwide which can be accessed by the control towers.
    If we can have complete telemetry and control of a rover in mars we should also have telemetry of commercial airplanes and ships on earth. The technology is there, and not prohibitively expensive. What is needed is international coordination. This is a job for the U.N., and it should set out to do it.

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