6 Months Later, Still No Answers for Flight 370 Kin

Families, friends continue to grieve for loved ones, seek closure
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2014 12:18 PM CDT
6 Months Later, Still No Answers for Flight 370 Kin
A banner is displayed during a candlelight vigil for passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

More than 30 relatives of passengers who were on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 gathered at a temple in Beijing today to mark the six-month anniversary of the plane's disappearance, the AP reports. Some family members and friends wore T-shirts that said "Pray for MH370 to return home safe and sound" and wept as one man read a speech about his lost daughter—which prompted plainclothes police to separate reporters from mourning relatives and tell families they could only enter the temple two or three at a time.

Families of the missing passengers say Chinese law enforcement has been shadowing them as they protest the lack of progress in finding the plane, which disappeared March 8. Search teams are focused on a 23,000-square-mile section of the Indian Ocean, which may be expanded after scrutiny of a failed call made to the plane, reports the AP. The families remain frustrated. Says one woman who lost her sister, "We feel very helpless ... because we need to rely on the government for their assistance and support and hope they can put pressure on the Malaysian airline to find out the truth." Another woman, whose partner was on the flight, tells CBS News, "I need to bring Philip home to bury him properly or to have him back in my life again—one of the two." (More Malaysia Airlines stories.)

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