Missing Malaysian airlines passengers' phones still ring

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Relatives of Chinese passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were still clutching to faint straws of hope for their loved ones Tuesday, four days after the aircraft went missing.

“I hope it is a hijacking, then there will be some hope that my young cousin has survived,” said a man in his 20s surnamed Su.

Families and friends of many of the 153 Chinese passengers — more than two-thirds of those on board the flight to Beijing — are gathered at the Lido Hotel in Beijing, waiting for news.

“My uncle and aunt had an emotional breakdown, they are not eating, drinking and sleeping and could not face coming here,” said Su.

“They need our help. We have been telling them lies — stressing the few positives in all of this — to keep their spirits up.”

Malaysia Airlines has offered to fly two relatives of each of the missing to Kuala Lumpur to be closer to the search, but Su said the family was worried for the welfare of his cousin’s grief-stricken parents if they made the trip alone.

“We have offered to pay for ourselves, so the wider family can help our aunt and uncle,” he said.

Inside the hotel ballroom, family members sitting in rows of seats watch a plasma television screening continuous news.

In the days since the Boeing 777-200 vanished from radar screens there have been repeated reports of oil slicks being found and possible debris sightings, only for each of them to be later ruled out.

“The wait has been absolute torture,” said a man in his 20s surnamed Liu, from the northern city of Tianjin, who said his older brother was on the flight.

“We seemed to have been slowly fed information, which is making things a lot worse,” he added.

In the information vacuum, any rumour, however wild or implausible, is leaped upon.

Some have seized on Chinese press reports that some of the passengers’ relatives have heard ringing tones when trying to call their loved ones’ mobile phones.

“This could be a clue and shouldn’t be ignored,” said a man from Beijing surnamed Chen, whose cousin was on board.

“The airline hasn’t even been able to use technology to locate signals of the plane.

“Even if they could rule out the possibility that the phones were ringing, it would be better for relatives,” he added.

“Then at least we wouldn’t hold out any hope.” (Source: The Malay Mail Online)
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  • been Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:15 AM

    god save them... via DM Android App

    kanishka Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:45 AM

    If the phones are working, first connects with the network and attempts to locate the end-user's phone.

    "If it doesn't find the phone after a few minutes, after a few rings, then typically, it disconnects and that's what's happening,

    Abdul Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:50 PM

    Maybe he left the phone at home

    Realist Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:45 AM

    Did anyone check the Mattala airport? Maybe it landed there four days ago :) via DM iPad app

    Jesus Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:29 AM

    Aliens have abducted them....
    Except it...

    Jesus Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:29 AM

    @been
    Which so called god your referring to...

    hmr Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:23 AM

    why can't they trace the mobile number and track from where the phone is receiving the signal? via DM Android App


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