A slew of desperate family members of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet waited patiently all day Saturday as search teams scoured the water and air, but no official word has come out on the fate of the plane that had 239 people aboard.
More than 18 hours after the jet departed from Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing and disappeared over the South China Sea, the airline still has not been confirmed as crashed. In the water off Vietnam, a Vietnamese air force reportedly saw two oil slicks consistent with fuel from a crashed jet.
The airline said it never received a distress call from the missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Flight 370. Three Americans were aboard, one being an infant. The plane was a Boeing 777-200, considered to be one of the safest models that fly around n the air.
Planes, boats, and helicopters from reportedly at least six different countries have been deployed toward the coast of Vietnam in search of the plane. This includes a Navy destroyer that was diverted from international waters.
In Beijing, the families of those waiting for loved ones to come in were taken from the airport to a hotel, where they were put in a room and told to wait for more information. By early Sunday morning Eastern time, no new information was released. Some stormed out of the room in a fury.
“They’re just shut us in this room and told us to wait,” one man told NEWS.GNOM.ES. “We want someone to show their face. They haven’t even given us the passenger list.”
Another relative pushed past the media and said: “They’re treating us worse than dogs.”
What makes the story even more interesting is that meteorologists say the shies along the route of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet were mostly clear.