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MH370 - the wait goes on

Friday, September 05, 2014 - 02:00

It's been six months since Malaysia airliner jet MH370 vanished over the Indian Ocean as families of its missing passengers and crew wait in hope of news. Sarah Toms reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AHMAD JAUHARI YAHYA SAYING: "Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, this morning." The announcement that Malaysia Airlines MH370 was missing sparked the biggest and costliest search in aviation history. It's not over yet. It's been six months since MH370 vanished on 8th March with 239 passengers and crew on board. Search vessels are still struggling to locate it. The Malaysian government believes it went down in the Indian Ocean, but no trace has been found. Grieving relatives and friends of people on board find it hard to accept. SOUNDBITE (English) JACQUITA GONZALES, WIFE OF IN-FLIGHT SUPERVISOR, SAYING: "No debris - we have hope. No concrete evidence - we still, well I still have hope. And I'm sure everyone here, the family - not only my family, all the other cabin crew families as well - they have not given up. So we rely on each other, we support each other on that. So we will wait". This family has moved to the outskirts of Beijing to be on hand for any developments. They're still demanding to the truth about why the aircraft inexplicably diverted from its course between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. They're having to pay for their own hotel room now Malaysia Airlines has asked them to leave the accommodation it was providing. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 63-YEAR-OLD WEN WANCHENG, SAYING: "We've moved here from Jinan and have been staying in this small hotel for three months. During these three months, we haven't received a single bit of information. We cry all day, how can we not miss our son? We are being tortured all day. We are not in the mood for anything, and when we go out, we have no interest in anything at all." New analysis of satellite data and contour mapping may change that. It's narrowed the area in which the aircraft might have come down and the next phase of the world's biggest search operation in aviation history is about move to the sea bed.

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MH370 - the wait goes on

Friday, September 05, 2014 - 02:00