Chinese relatives urge Malaysia Airlines to release more information on MH370

A Chinese relative of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 demands quicker information at a news conference held at Metropark Lido Hotel in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Xinhua/Zuma Press

After more than 50 hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished early Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the agonized family members of the Chinese passengers onboard the aircraft angrily blamed the airline for keeping them in the dark in getting the information.

At a press conference held by Malaysia Airlines today in Beijing's Metropark Lido Hotel where relatives have been staying and were told to wait for information, the airline's attempt to limit the accommodation and meals freely offered to the next-of-kin of the Chinese passengers led to strong displeasure.

"We want nothing. The only thing we want is information (about the fate of the missing flight)," some relatives shouted.

Amid chaotic scenes, Malaysia Airlines officials made a compromise with the relatives, pledging to meet their demands as much as they can in terms of offering meals and accommodation.

Metropark Lido Hotel has started offering self-service milk and tea to the relatives, who had just been given bottled water previously.

Malaysia Airlines on Sunday evening began helping the family members apply for expedited visa and passport so that they can fly to Malaysia, as being closer to the airline's headquarters might make it easy to get additional facts related to the missing aircraft, with each family allowed to obtain two visas.

An old lady, whose son and daughter-in-law were on the flight, told, "I do not want to go to Malaysia, because I cannot see them (even if I get there)."

In a statement issued on Monday morning, Malaysia Airlines promised to offer initial financial assistance to all the families, but no family contacted by has so far confirmed that it has gained the financial help.

(The article is edited by Ding Yi)

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