Agony erupts as relatives dragged from media scrum
TWELVE days after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, frustrations boiled over into chaos as two relatives of missing passengers were bundled away by officials for attempting to stage a protest.
Ahead of a news conference called to discuss the latest developments in the search for the Boeing 777, women believed to be relatives of Chinese passengers spoke to reporters, cried out their demands for information and held up a banner emblazoned with the word "truth".
"I want you to help me to find my son!" one of the women cried, before security officials closed in on them.
In scenes broadcast around the world that will only heighten the growing sense that the search effort lacks proper coordination and control from the Malaysian authorities, the relatives were physically forced from the conference to be held in a private room.
As they were taken away and amid a melee of pushing and shoving, one of the women reportedly said: "We don't know how long we'll be waiting.
"It's been 12 days, my loved one ... I don't know where my loved one is ... it's been 12 days, where is my son? Why are you not giving me any answers?"
According to Sky News reports the other woman, wearing a face mask, said: "They have followed us, taken care of us very well.
When relative calm had been restored, officials revealed two key new pieces of information - that they believe the pilot of Flight MH370 had deleted data from his personal flight simulator, and that it is currently believed more likely the plane was flown towards the southern Indian Ocean.