MH370: Malaysian newspapers go black

PETALING JAYA - Some of Malaysia's major newspapers ran stark black-and-white front pages yesterday in a silent tribute to the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

The Star printed a wrap, with the front headline, "R.I.P.", and the back featuring the quote, "No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why".

The fateful flight number, MH370, was formed from some of the names of the 239 people on board, including 12 crew members.

"The Star joins the world in grief and offers its heartfelt condolences to the families of the 239 passengers and crew," read its blurb.

The New Straits Times featured a Boeing 777 on its front page and the headline, "Goodnight, MH370".

"The New Straits Times expresses its condolences to the next of kin of the 239 passengers and crew members of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Al-Fatihah," read its blurb.

The Sun featured a photo of sobbing Chinese families in Beijing whose loved ones were on the aircraft and the headline, "No Survivors".

Sin Chew Daily also expressed its grief, stating, "March 8, 2014. MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean".

"Deep condolences. May those who have departed rest in peace. May the living be strong in their time of grief," it wrote.

China Press printed half of its front page in black and white, with the headline, "No survivors". The bottom half featured colour photographs of the devastated families; in the middle was a picture of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sombre-faced as he announced the news on Monday night.