MH370 search: Passengers' families praying for a miracle

MH370 search: Passengers' families praying for a miracle

CHINA - Lin Annan had been studying in Malaysia and was planning to return home to Xining, capital of Qinghai province.

But the student, in his 20s, never made it back. He was one of the 154 Chinese passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

His mother, who wants to be known by her surname Lin, believes he is still alive.

Like many of the Chinese passengers on board the Boeing 777-200, he was an only child.

To pray for her son, Lin set up a chat group on the popular mobile messaging service WeChat. She invited her friends and relatives of other passengers to join the group, saying the prayers were for all 239 people on the flight.

"If we hold on to our love, there will be a miracle," she said.

The jetliner vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. The multinational search far off the Australian city of Perth has been focused on finding the plane's black box data recorders in a remote area of the Indian Ocean.

Like Lin Annan's mother, many other relatives still hope that their loved ones will return alive as they continue the agonising wait for news.

Wang Jian, a doctor in the psychiatry department at Beijing Huilongguan Hospital, said, "Many of them cannot easily accept the reality".

Wang has been leading a team to help the passengers' families since the plane disappeared.

Many of the families may choose to deny the facts on hand, but that is understandable because it shows how deeply they miss their loved ones, Wang said.

"Being there is just the beginning of the psychological support that we can try to provide," he added.

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