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Satellite picked up 'electronic ping' from Malaysia plane

An "electronic ping" was picked up from the Malaysia Airlines flight by satellites after the plane lost contact with ground control, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, US officials have been given an "indication" the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean.

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Relatives of missing plane's passengers 'kept in dark'

Chinese relatives of passengers on a Malaysia Airlines flight missing between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing accused the airline of keeping them in the dark, while state media criticised the carrier's poor response.

Relatives of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Credit: Reuters

Relatives were taken to a hotel near Beijing airport, put in a room and told to wait for information from the airline, but none came.

Malaysia Airlines said at least 152 of the 227 passengers on flight were Chinese."There's no one from the company here, we can't find a single person. They've just shut us in this room and told us to wait," said one man.

About 20 people stormed out of the room at one point, enraged they had been given no information.

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