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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Faces of MH370

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Adorable Two Year Old Wang Moheng Was The Youngest Passenger On MH370- 25 MARCH 2014

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Faces of MH370

Published on Mar 10, 2014
5:42 PM

The fate of 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board Malaysia
Airlines flight MH370 remains unknown, as the search for the missing
aircraft continues. About two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese. Other nationalities included 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans. We look at the faces of MH370, and their stories.

The Hu family

Three-year-old Hu Siwan is the apple of her parents' eyes - judging by her mum Zhang Na's Weibo microblogging site.

Ms Zhang, 34, often updates her site with photos of Siwan and her
doting father - Hu Xiaoning, 34, with affectionate postings like "Daddy,
Pan Pan (Siwan's nickname) is so blissful to have you!" and "Let us
live together, happily ever after!". The family of three live in


The top engineers

engineer Guan Huajin, 34, who was on her way to Beijing on a business
trip, is one of 20 employees (12 Malaysians and eight from China) of
Austin-based technology company Freescale Semiconductor, most of them
top engineers.

Their presence has sparked conspiracy theories that they used
"electronic warfare weaponry" to "hide" the plane and made it invisible
to radars, reported The Epoch Times. Ms Guan is married with two
children, aged four and one-and-a-half years, and they live in Kuala


The long distance lover

is a boy from Inner Mongolia, studying in Britain, while she is a girl
from Malaysia. But no distance could keep 26-year-old Yue Wenchao away
from his girlfriend, known only as Jessie.

He had just visited her in Kuala Lumpur and posted photos of him
eating the premium Mao Shan Wang durian. In one of his last posts on
March 7, he wrote next to a photo of her "See u in Beijing!". But his
flight MH370 never arrived in the capital city of China.


Artist chasing her dream
of her age may be taking it easy, but Madam An Wenlan, 65, pursued her
new found passion - painting - with the zest of a teenager.

The former nurse
started to take painting seriously in 2010, after she was rudely
prohibited from taking photographs of a peony painting hanging in a
restaurant in Hangzhou. She swore that she would one day paint something
just as beautiful.

may be a late bloomer in Chinese painting, but it didn't take long for
her to catch up, reported Apple Daily Hong Kong. After a few years of
hard work, she made a name for herself with her realistic portrayal of
flowers like peony and plum blossom.

She was among a
group of 24 Chinese artists on board MH370. They were in Kuala Lumpur to
attend an art exhibition themed "Chinese Dream: Red and Green
Paintings". Other artists include famous calligrapher Liu Rusheng, 77,
and Mr Dong Guowei, 48, who is the chairman of Artists Association of
Lishui county in Nanjing.


Two-year-old's overseas outing

was possibly the first overseas trip for Wang Moheng, who is just shy
of his second birthday. He was on a family vacation to Malaysia with his
parents and grandparents to escape Beijing’s smoggy skies.

"They said to other parents at our day-care centre: 'We're getting
away from the bad air in Beijing for a while'," Ms Xie Yongzhen, whose
son has been a playmate of Moheng, told The New York Times.

Mr Wang Rui, Moheng’s father, worked in the Beijing office of Boston
Consulting Group, an American company. The boy's mother, Ms Jiao Weiwei,
worked at a Chinese software company. Her parents were also on the

Other families from the day-care centre had joined the Wangs on the trip, but returned on different flights, said Ms Xie.

Their parting words to Moheng’s family in Kuala Lumpur: "See you in smoggy Beijing."


Teenage lovers heading to school

teenagers Hadrien Wattrelos, 17, and Zhao Yan, 18, were heading for
school in Beijing. They had enrolled themselves in the Lycee Francais
International de Pekin, also known as the French School, said reports.

A photograph of the teenage couple was posted on Wattrelo's college
page on July 29, 2013, accompanied by the words "Je t'aime" ("I love
you"). Zhao responded: "Haaaaaa mon amour, trooooop mignon" ("Ha my
love, too cute").

Two other passengers on the flight, Laurence Wattrelos, 52, and Ambre
Wattrelos, 14, were believed to be Wattrelos' mother and sister.


Couple on vacation

couple Norliakmar Hamid, 33, and Razahan Zamani, 24, were on their way
to Beijing for a holiday to celebrate their two-year wedding

Ms Norliakmar's brother, Mr Mohd Lokman Hamid, 31, said he learnt
that the couple were on the flight from her Facebook status posted late
last Friday. He told Malaysia's Bernama news agency: "I know they had
been planning to go to Beijing for a holiday, especially after she
suffered a miscarriage.

"I just hope that my sister and brother-in-law, as well as other passengers on board the aircraft, are safe."


Young parents on a romantic getaway

Canadians Bai Xiaomo, 37, and Muktesh Mukherjee, 42, were heading back to Beijing after a romantic beach getaway to Vietnam.

The couple, who have two young children who were not on the flight,
have been living in Beijing where Ms Bai studied at Beijing Foreign
Studies University.

Mr Mukherjee is listed as vice-president of China operations for
Xcoal Energy and Resources, a position he had held since May 2012,
according to his LinkedIn profile.

"Still adjusting to life in the Middle Kingdom", said a message on
his Twitter page. Indian newspaper The Telegraph identified him as a
grandson of former steel and mines minister Mohan Kumaramangalam, who
served in the Indira Gandhi Cabinet.

The couple took frequent beach vacations in South-east Asia, often
with their two sons. The younger one, Miles, turns three years old in
May, reported the New York Times. Ms Bai's Facebook page has photographs
of the boys playing in the snow outside their apartment last month. She
wrote: "The first snowfall of this winter!!!" The boys lie outside
smiling. They are making snow angels."


Doting grandparents who love travelling

Australian couples, Catherine and Robert Lawton and Rodney and Mary
Burrows, from Brisbane, had been travelling on the flight together.

"Dad phoned this morning and said 'Bobby's plane's missing',"’ Mr
Lawton's brother David told Australian paper, The Courier-Mail. "I
couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it. We just want to know
where it is, where the plane's come down, if there's anything left."

The brother's wife Rhonda said: "Cathy's last comment on Facebook was 'Off to China'."

According to friends, the Lawtons were kindly neighbours and doting
grandparents who enjoyed travelling. Similar things were being said of
the Burrows.

Mr Burrows' friends said he planned the Beijing trip after he was
retrenched from his job. Ms Mandy Watt, a neighbour of the Burrows,
said: "This was their time, they were all about the kids. The kids had
moved on… they're all successful, all happy. This was their time."


Young diplomat who was supposed to set off earlier

Mohamad Sofuan Ismail, 33, a diplomatic officer with Malaysia's
Ministry of International Trade and Industry, was heading to Beijing to
start a three-year stint. He was supposed to leave for the Chinese
capital last month, but the move was postponed to last Friday.

His father, Mr Ibrahim Abdul Razak, 75, said he regretted his son's
decision to accept the posting. "I can't do anything now but pray," he


Engineer starting his dream job

engineer Paul Weeks, 39, was travelling en route to Mongolia for his
first shift as part of a fly-in-fly-out job for a mining and
construction company, a job he was excited about.

Originally from New Zealand, he lives in Perth's north-eastern
suburbs with his wife and their two young sons, aged three years old and
10 months.

"I'm taking it minute by minute," his wife Danica told reporters in
Perth. "I can't think beyond the minute. I've got two young kids, and I
have a three-year-old asking, 'When is daddy going to Skype?'"


IBM employee who followed his father’s footsteps

Mr Philip Wood, 50, was the only American adult on board MH370. The other two Americans were children.

The IBM employee was living in Kuala Lumpur, where the flight
originated. Mr Woods, who previously lived in Beijing, has two sons in
Texas. He had followed the footsteps of his father Aubrey Wood by
joining IBM.

"We're all sticking together," his father told The New York Times. "What can you do? What can you say?"


Father's pride and joy

marketing manager Puspanathan Subramaniam, 34, travelled frequently for
work. But when he was about to set off to Beijing on a business trip
last Friday, his children cried and asked him not to go.

"My grandchildren acted weirdly and did not want my son to leave the
house," his father Subramaniam Gurusamy (right), 59, told the New
Straits Times.

He said two of his grandchildren hugged his son's legs and cried, not
wanting their father to leave the house. "He nearly cancelled his
flight but I told him to go ahead," he said, adding that the family had
to rush to the airport because they were running late. "How I wish we
did not make it and he missed the flight."

His final words to his father before boarding MH370: "I'll be back in
a week. Then we can cut cake together for sister's birthday, appa
(father in Tamil)."


Pilot who built flight simulator at home

Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, captain of MH370, enjoyed flying the Boeing 777
so much that he spent his days off tinkering with a flight simulator of
the plane that he had set up at home.

He had always wanted to become a pilot and joined the national carrier in 1981.

"He was an aviation tech geek. You could ask him anything and he
would help you. That is the kind of guy he is," a Malaysia Airlines
co-pilot, who had flown with him in the past, told Reuters.

Another pilot who knew Mr Zaharie for 20 years added: "We used to
tease him. We would ask him, why are you bringing your work home."

His passion for aviation went beyond the Boeing 777. Other photos
posted by him on Facebook showed he was an avid collector of
remote-controlled miniature aircraft, including a lightweight
twin-engined helicopter.


The big brother in the family

Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, was a dear big brother at home, said his younger
brother Afiq, 20, who was still trying to come to terms with the news.

"This is just heartbreaking," Mr Afiq told Malaysian newspaper New
Sunday Times. "I do not know what to tell you. I am not doing okay."

Mr Afiq described his brother, the eldest of five siblings, as
responsible, kind and warm. He was still hoping for the best for his
brother, a Langkawi Aerospace Flying Academy graduate. But as the
situation grew grimmer on Sunday night, he tweeted: "I'm coming to find
you, even if it takes all night."


Crew on the ill-fated flight

A collage of the 12 crew members of MH370 - with the message "Please come back", which made its rounds online. (Clockwise,
from top left) MAS crew member Tan Ser Kuin, co-pilot Fariq Abdul
Hamid, pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, flight steward Mohd Hazrin "Rain"
Mohamed Hasnan, flight stewardess Foong Wai Yeung, flight stewardess Ng
Yar Chien, chief stewardess Goh Sock Lay, chief steward Andrew Nari,
in-flight supervisor Patrick Francis Gomes, flight steward Junaidi Mohd
Kassim, leading steward Wan Swaid Wan Ismail and flight steward David
Tan Sze Hiang.


Come home, daddy

short but heart-breaking message from the daughter of a crew member of
MH370. Some have identified the crew member as chief steward Andrew
Nari, who is a fan of classic rock bands like Pink Floyd and Dire



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