As the hours drag into days and now weeks, the anguish and agony felt by the families of the 239 on board the missing MH370 have become even more profound. For their loved ones, these people from 14 countries are more than just another statistic - they are doting grandparents, caring mums and dads, filial sons and daughters, loving spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends and cuddly little ones just waiting to be hugged.
Whether they are ordinary folk, crew members, world famous artists or top-notch engineers, everyone is unique in his or her own way and equally cherished.
To share their stories, Sunday Star has looked up their Facebook and Weibo pages as well as news websites around the world to find out more about some of these special people.
The good son
The night before Firman Chandra Siregar, 24, flew to Beijing, he called home to comfort his worried parents in Indonesia who were concerned about recent reports of terrorism in south Yunnan. A graduate of the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Firman (centre) was immediately accepted at American-owned oil company Schlumberger after completing his degree.
His father C. H. Siregar described Firman as a smart kid and said he was attending an orientation exercise in Malaysia prior to his Beijing trip.
The boyfriend from Mongolia
Hailing from inner Mongolia, Yue Wenchao, 26, moved to Britain to study a postgraduate course at the University of Hull Business School. He had just visited his Malaysian girlfriend in Kuala Lumpur and even posted photos of him eating the premium Musang King durian. Before his flight took off at 12.41am on March 8, Yue posted a message to his girlfriend on Weibo, "See u in Beijing!".
All in the Hu family
Hu Siwan, 3, or Pan Pan (her nickname) is the apple of daddy's eyes. She is seen here with her doting father, Hu Xiaoning, 34.
Her mum Zhang Na, 34, often posts photos of Siwan and her dad on the Weibo microblogging site. One of them reads "Daddy, Pan Pan is so blissful to have you!" and "Let us live together, happily ever after!". The family of three live in Beijing.