A skyscraper at the Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai this week displayed a message for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 reading: “MH370, we are waiting for you back home”. The Beijing-bound plane, which disappeared on March 8, was carrying 239 passengers, including 154 Chinese passengers.
Since the Boeing 777 lost contact on Saturday morning, there has yet to be confirmation of an identified crash site. The Guardian reports:
The confusion over where to look is adding to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation history, and prolonging the agonising wait for hundreds of relatives.
Yesterday furious relatives of passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 threw water bottles at officials in Beijing and accused them of withholding information.
At a meeting between airline officials and members of the Malaysian embassy yesterday, relatives of the 153 Chinese passengers vented their frustration over the lack of information about the fate of their loved ones.
The Chinese community in Kuala Lumpur has been holding candlelit vigils and prayer sessions for passengers onboard the missing jet, as #PrayForMH370 remains a trending item across social media.
UPDATE (12:00 p.m.): The Guardian reports that flight code MH370 and MH371 have been retired for the Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur-Beijing and return route as a “mark of respect” to the missing passengers and crew of the missing plane.
Meanwhile, Chinese premier Li Keqiang said during his annual press conference today that families of the passengers were “burning with anxiety” and that “As long is there is a glimmer of hope we will not stop searching”.
Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik works on a sand sculpture to pray for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pic.twitter.com/iastx4RAis
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 13, 2014