MH370: Daughter and wife of MH370 chief steward break down

PETALING JAYA - Maira Elizabeth Nari, daughter of chief steward Andrew Nari on the Beijing-bound Flight MH370, and her mother broke down when they heard of the MH17 tragedy.

After learning that all 298 passengers on Flight MH17 were killed when the plane was shot down last Thursday, Maira said: "I couldn't sleep, I couldn't concentrate in class. My mind was not at peace.

"I thought 'no, not again, why did it have to happen to Malaysia again?'," said the 17-year-old, who hopes to meet the families of those who perished.

"I want to give them all a great big hug. My prayers are with them.

"I hope they can be strong and believe that there will be justice for them.

"As for the MH17 victims, I hope all their souls rest in peace."

She said when the MH370 tragedy took her father away, condolences and well wishes could not do much to alleviate her sadness.

"I understand everyone meant well, but it's so difficult because I don't know whether he is dead or alive."

Maira said while she was coping better now, she would still start sobbing each time she thought of her father.

And with many families looking forward to reuniting during the Hari Raya celebrations, the end of the Ramadan month proved bittersweet for those still reeling from the loss of their loved ones.

Mohamad Sahril Shaari, a cousin of Flight MH370 passenger Mohammad Razahan Zamani, said no words of comfort could ease the pain of losing one's own flesh and blood.

In a twist of fate, the 24-year-old also had a friend on the second ill-fated Malaysian jetliner.

"My deepest condolences to those whose families were on the plane. I can understand what they are going through, as the bodies are not home yet. The wait is unbearable," said Mohamad.

As news of MH370 had slowed to a trickle, he said the latest tragedy brought the missing plane back into the spotlight and sparked new questions.

"Why are they still searching for debris in the southern Indian Ocean? I'm not convinced the flight ended there - it would have been detected by nearby countries like Australia.

"On behalf of the family, I beg the governments involved in the search for MH370 to look elsewhere and redouble their efforts - we need closure too," he added.