People believed to be relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Beijing Capital International Airport prior to flying to Kuala Lumpur. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Family members of the two New Zealanders on board Malaysia
Airlines flight MH370 have been taken to Kuala Lumpur to wait
for news of their loved ones.
Ned Wang, nephew of 50-year-old Ximin Wang, left Auckland
with Mr Wang's wife on Sunday night and were joined by Mr
Wang's daughter, who arrived from China.
"We offered to take the families to KL because that is where
the search operations are being co-ordinated, and where they
can get the latest news from our key team," said Dzulkefli
Zakaria, Malaysia Airlines' New Zealand area manager.
He said several family members of both Mr Wang and
38-year-old Cantabrian father of two Paul Weeks had taken up
Mr Wang's nephew Ned runs an immigration and education
consultancy firm, New Bridge Education, and the Herald
understands Mr Wang has referred clients to the company in
It is not clear if this trip to Beijing was a business trip
or if he was returning to Beijing to visit his daughter.
Francis Chai, president of the Auckland Malaysian Society,
made the same Malaysia Airlines trip last July and said it
was a popular flight to Beijing.
Flight MH370 departs Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am (5.41am NZ time)
and lands in Beijing at 6.30am.
"The timing makes it popular because it is an overnight
flight and so you don't waste a day," said Mr Chai.
"It's really a shock that this has happened because it could
have been me or any one of us, and our thoughts and prayers
go out to everyone affected."