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Families of passengers on board missing flight wait for news

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:39

Mar. 10 - The families of passengers of a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared over the sea near Vietnam wait for news and prepare to travel to Kuala Lumpur. Sarah Toms reports.

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As search planes scour the waters, families of passengers on the missing Malaysia airlines jetliner desperately await news. Relatives here in Beijing were hoping to greet their loved ones instead they learned the aircraft vanished from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday. Two hundred and 39 people were on board flight MH370, which left Kuala Lumpur and went missing about an hour into its flight to Beijing. Now relatives and friends in the Chinese capital have been told to fly to the Malaysian capital. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) GUO XISHUN, FATHER-LAW-OF MISSING PASSENGER, SAYING: "If the government can't be sure, we can't be sure either. At the moment, we are only guessing. At the moment, we have no idea whether there are survivors, whether some were saved, or whether they crashed into the ocean. In this situation, what is the point in us going to Malaysia?" This Indonesia family instead plans to leave for Vietnam, where sightings of debris in the seas south of the country remain unconfirmed. Charles Siregar grief-stricken remembers his last words to his brother. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) BROTHER OF FIRMAN CHANDRA SIREGAR, CHARLES IMMANUEL SIREGAR, SAYING: "Last night we spoke to him at about 11.30 our time" REPORTER ASKS: "WHAT KIND OF COMMUNICATION DID YOU HAVE AND WHAT DID HE SAY?" SIREGAR ANSWERS: "Yes, we were texting each other and asked 'where are you now?' and he answered 'I'm already at the airport now'. My parents replied 'Ok be careful and don't forget to pray', that's it. After that his phone was switched off and we couldn't reach him any more." Relatives are getting increasingly frustrated, saying they are not getting information in a timely manner. And questions are mounting over possible security lapses or whether a bomb or hijacking could have brought down the plane.

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Families of passengers on board missing flight wait for news

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:39