As authorities scour land and sea for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the families of the 239 passengers and crew aboard Flight 370 can only wait in mounting frustration and dread.
In Beijing, the intended destination of the doomed flight, the anxiety and anguish are particularly acute: 153 passengers on the jet are Chinese. A global mystery has become their national tragedy.
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Many relatives of the missing — mothers and fathers, wives and husbands — have been waiting at Beijing's Lido Hotel, where the airline has set up a crisis center.
The parents of 21-year-old Feng Dong, a migrant worker returning to China after leaving for Singapore four months ago, are utterly devastated. The slow drip of information has been agonizing.