Families of missing passenger find hope in latest developments
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:25
March 15 - Latest developments indicate that Flight MH370 had its communications and tracking systems deliberately turned off, according to officials. Nathan Frandino reports.
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With grief on their faces, families of missing passengers from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 console one another in agony.
But there could be a glimmer of hope.
Anxious families watch as officials announce that they now believe the plane was flown west after someone on board turned off its communications and tracking systems.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) SELAMAT, FATHER MH370 PASSENGER MOHD KHAIRUL AMRI, SAYING:
"Previously we had been begging for information, and now that we are getting more information that is valid, I feel there is brighter hope in finding the plane, as well as the passengers of that plane."
One official helping families staying at a hotel says he is optimistic about the search efforts.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) OFFICIAL FROM AGRICULTURE MINISTRY, HAMITAF BIN MUSTAFA, SAYING:
"It's quite well. Because not just our Malaysian only, the whole world helping us. If just Malaysia, I think it will take about one or two months. This one, 13, 14 countries helping, including the U.S., China, the Koreans, Singapore, Australians. all the well known company in terms of search and rescue."
The jetliner's disappearance a week ago has baffled the world.
There has been no sign of wreckage, even as the navies and military aircraft of more than a dozen countries scour the seas.
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