Mar 09, 2014 at 5:54pm
Families Fear The Worst On Missing Malaysia Plane
Fear and frustration is said to be 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.
Reports say 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.
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, in which he said, “As times 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.
SOURCE: VoA News