Still no sign of Malaysian jet lost in "unprecedented mystery"
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:53
Mar.10 - World leaders offer their condolences for the passengers of a missing Malaysian jetliner, as an air and sea search fails to find any confirmed trace of the plane or 239 people on board. Sarah Toms reports.
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A massive air and sea search now in its third day has failed to find any confirmed trace of a Malaysia Airlines Jetliner.
Some distraught families wait in Beijing for news of flight MH370 which vanished early on Saturday.
About two-thirds of the 227 passengers and 12 crew on board the missing aircraft were Chinese.
Other nationalities included Malaysians, Indonesians, and Australians. All are presumed dead.
The wife of one New Zealander on board has not yet told her son.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DANICA WEEKS, WIFE OF MH370 PASSENGER PAUL WEEKS SAYING:
"I am just taking it minute by minute. I can't think beyond another minute. I've got two young kids and I've got a three year old who's asking 'when is Daddy going to Skype?' He's got a map on his wall where Daddy plotted where his Dad is going to be and so he looks and says 'when is Dad going to Skype? Will Daddy be there? When will he Skype?' So, luckily he is with friends at the moment but I will cross that bridge when I have to cross that bridge if I have to."
Australian and New Zealand Prime MInisters expressed their saddness for the families of passengers of the aircraft, which went missing about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TONY ABBOTT, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SAYING:
"This is a terrible tragedy. There are lots and lots of questions that people have. At the moment we don't have answers but it's important that we are out there looking and that's a search which is now being materially assisted by the Royal Australian Air Force."
(SOUNDBITE)(English) JOHN KEY, NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER SAYING:
"We are aware hopes of positive news are now fading with time. Of course the wait is most unbearable for the family members of those on the flight and our thoughts are with them."
Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah also offered his condolences.
He said he and the Queen would like to express their sympathy to the passengers and crew, especially to their families.
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