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Mar 30, 2014 7:43 AM by Jeff Langan

Chinese families demand more information on missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Relatives of some of the Chinese passengers on a missing Malaysian airliner are demanding an apology, dignity and the truth.

Several dozen Chinese relatives arrived in Malaysia today to air their objections about the handling of the disappearance. A designated representative also says the group feels a statement indicating the plane had crashed with no survivors was premature, given the evidence.

Two-thirds of the 227 passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur were Chinese, and many of the relatives have denounced Malaysia's handling of the search for the jet.

The search continues today about 1,150 miles west of Australia where the prime minister is still expressing optimism that the search will succeed.

So far, even though more ships are scouring the area off western Australia, none of the recovered debris has been connected to the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed March 8 with 239 people on board.

Meanwhile, a warship with an aircraft black box detector is joining the search today, though it could take days for Australia's ADV Ocean Shield to reach the search zone, about 1,150 miles to the west.

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