MH370: Passengers' relatives protest

Malaysian Airline's Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof urged all concerned to accept the painful reality.

Malaysian airline's Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof urged all concerned to accept the painful reality.

JOHANNESBURG - Angry relatives of Chinese passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane have protested outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, demanding an explanation from the airline and accusing the government in Kuala Lumpur of "cheating" them.

Dozens of family members chanted as they marched peacefully and held banners.

Picture: AFP.

On Monday, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that after 17 days investigators were convinced the plane, with 239 people on board, went off course and crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

He said satellite data provided by a UK company showed the jet's last recorded position was in the middle of the ocean west of Perth.

The air and sea search for flight MH370 has now been suspended due to bad weather and rough seas.

In a press briefing a short while ago, Malaysian Airline's Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof urged all concerned to accept the painful reality.

Video: Possible debris of the MH370.

"We must now face the painful reality that no passengers or crew on board survived. This is a sad and terrible day for us at the airline."

Meanwhile, recovery of wreckage of the Boeing 777 could unlock clues about why the plane had diverted so far off course.

Theories range from a hijacking to sabotage or a possible suicide by one of the pilots, but investigators have not ruled out technical problems.