Relatives of Missing Passengers to be Flown to Malaysia

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BEIJING - At least two relatives of each of the 239 people on the jet that vanished will be flown to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, an airline representative told family members waiting in China's capital.

The Malaysia Airlines representatives said they were "very pessimistic" when they spoke to the family gathered in the Lido Hotel in Beijing. Flight MH370 was headed to the city before it lost contact with air traffic control.

In a statement, the airline said: "Our primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals and emotional support. Initial financial assistance has been given out to all families. Caregivers are already assigned to each family and they are trained staff and volunteers from Malaysia and Australia."