Flight MH370

Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Despairing Chinese families of MH370 passengers seek answers in Malaysian mission

Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers in KL demand answers from top officials

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 5:19am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 5:19am

A group of angry relatives of Chinese passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday demanding to meet top officials involved in the hunt for the doomed airliner.

They carried banners that read, "We want evidence. We want truth. We want our family", while demanding to meet officials from Malaysia Airlines, the government, search and rescue teams and the aircraft's US manufacturer Boeing.

"We didn't get a single satisfactory answer from meetings with the so-called high-level Malaysian delegation in Beijing," said Jiang Hui, a spokesman for the relatives. "We have no choice but to come here."

The plane disappeared in the early hours of March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Of the 239 people on board, two-thirds were Chinese.

Several countries and some of the world's most advanced aircraft, ships and satellites have been searching for signs of wreckage to narrow the hunt for the "black box" flight recorders since Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said a week ago the flight had "ended" somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

Objects spotted by aircraft in the search zone and recovered by Australian and Chinese vessels turned out to be fishing equipment and flotsam, a spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

Relatives have become increasingly frustrated with answers from Malaysian representatives in Beijing who can't explain why the plane did not send distress signals, or how a Boeing 777 can vanish without trace.

Time is crucial as the battery-powered beacons that help locate the black boxes have an estimated six days of life left.