Chinese families want more information after Malaysian PM's newser
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:34
Mar.15 - Distraught families of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane ask whether they could have been given information earlier after watch a briefing by the Malaysian prime minister from a Beijing hotel. Sarah Toms reports.
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The investigation into a missing Malaysia airliner jet enters a new phase.
The Vietnamese military starts to pack up its aircraft, as the massive search of the South China Sea ends.
The operation instead moves to the border of Kazakhstan out to Thailand and also to the southern Indian Ocean.
Families of the passengers and crew watched the latest briefing from Malaysia on the disappearance of flight 370.
The Malaysian Prime Minister says the lost passenger jet was diverted deliberately.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) MR. YAO, WHOSE PARENTS WERE ABOARD MISSING PLANE, SAYING:
"I want to say that I have one big question: When did they really know this? Why are they only telling us this information now? Because this information already came out in Malaysia ages ago, including some information that had even come out on the 8th and 9th. Why are they only telling us this now? Did they know this all along, or did they only find this out now? If they only found out recently, what work, in terms of measures and various aspects, have they been doing all this time?"
Most of the 239 people on board, when the aircraft went missing after take off from Kuala Lumpur, were Chinese.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FAMILY MEMBER OF PERSON ABOARD MISSING PLANE WHO DECLINED TO GIVE HIS NAME, SAYING:
"You could say that this is good news. In the overall view of the situation, it's good news. This means that there's still hope that our relatives are alive."
These families were hoping to greet their relatives in Beijing last Saturday. One week on and they're still no closer to knowing what happened to them.
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