Missing Jet

Anguished Families Struggle After Jet Goes Missing

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control and was missing hours after its expected arrival in Beijing.

. A relative, bottom right, of a passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she walks past journalists at a hotel in Beijing on March 8, 2014. The plane was carrying 239 people and lost contact over the South China Sea early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Chance Chan / Reuters

. Family members of those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry at a hotel in Putrajaya on March 9. Samsul Said / Reuters

. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) with his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin (L) and acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussin (R) speak during a press conference at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. According to media reports passengers on missing flight were from 14 different nationalities: China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, France, USA, New Zealand, Ukraine, Canada, Russia, Italy, Taiwan, the Netherlands and Austria. Ahmad Yusni / EPA

. A woman cries at the arrival hall of the International Airport in Beijing, China on March 8. Ng Han Guan / AP

. Filipino government troopers look at a map as they continue the search for the missing plane of Malaysian Airlines at Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan province. AP

. Sarah Nor, 55, the mother of 34-year-old Norliakmar Hamid, a passenger on a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, talks on a mobile phone at her house in Kuala Lumpur on March 8. Mohd Rasfan / AFP - Getty Images

. A Vietnamese Air Force officer takes photos from a search and rescue aircraft (left) in the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, 250 km from Vietnam and 190 km from Malaysia. An aerial view of an oil spill is seen from a the Vietnamese Air Force aircraft (right). Trung Hieu / Thanh Nien Newspaper via Reuters

. Family members of those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are mobbed by media at the waiting area at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. Samsul Said / Reuters

. A man, front, covers his face on his arrival at a hotel in Beijing, China, where relatives and friends were taken to await word on the fate of passengers and crew aboard missing a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200. Andy Wong / AP

. An airport representative writes a notice instructing relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to gather at the Holiday Inn at the Beijing International Airport. Getty Images / Getty Images

. A woman, center, believed to be the relative of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, cries as she talks on her mobile phone at the Beijing International Airport in Beijing on Saturday. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters

. Journalists wait for a news conference to begin regarding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Jason Lee / Reuters

. A man takes pictures of a flight information board displaying the Scheduled Time of Arrival of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (top, in red) at the Beijing International Airport in Beijing. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters

. Family members, left, of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight walk into the waiting area at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on Saturday. Samsul Said / Reuters