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Familes Hot Giving Up Hope For Missing Malaysian Airplane

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 6/17/2014

Sunday marked a grim milestone of 100 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared. There has been no trace of the plane, nor the 239 people on board. While the search efforts off the western coast of Australia continue, the wait for families has been agonizing. CNN's Anna Coren reports from Beijing, on how some are not giving up hope for their loved ones. Wearing a hand painted tiger mask, 5-year-old Jasmine looks straight into the camera and records a message for her father. "Papa I miss you," she says. "I'm waiting for you to come home." It's been an excruciating wait for Jasmine and all the families of the 239 people on board MH-370. One-hundred days has passed since the plane vanished from the skies, during a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. In Chinese culture, this is a significant milestone, marking an end to the grieving process. But with no trace of the plane, the families continue to mourn, some refusing not to give up hope as seen in this video to mark the anniversary. "I still have hope, I need to find my father, I want to be with him," says one son. At temples in Beijing, relatives pray for their missing loved ones. "It's 100 days and we have no idea what to do", says the sister of one of the passengers. "So we pray to Buddha, to the Goddess of Mercy for blessings. We have to place our hopes on this and pray for the heavens to help us." But for these family members, they're demanding answers from authorities. "We want to know the truth," they yell, disillusioned and dissatisfied with the multinational search effort. With the search effort currently suspended as authorities reanalyze all data, the operation to find MH-370 remains focused solely on the southern Indian Ocean. And while that's little comfort to the families of those on board, the man in charge of the search remains confident of finding the plane, but says he fully understands the families' frustration. "They've got no closure. They want to find the aircraft," says Angus Houston, Chief Coordinator of the Joint Search Effort. "If I were in their shoes, I'd probably feel exactly the same way." The Malaysian Government has reaffirmed its commitment, promising to leave "no stone unturned." And while the airline has begun to hand out initial compensation payments of $50,000 to some of the families, no amount of money will ever take away their heartache and grief.

   
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