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Local Malaysian students reflect on mystery of missing plane

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- Malaysian students at the UW-Madison are anxiously awaiting closure regarding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Boeing 777 went missing Saturday after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for China.

International crews are searching the waters around Malaysia looking for signs of the plane or the 239 people on board.

"When I first heard about the news I was pretty heartbroken," said Qiwei Leong.

Leong's parents now live in China but he was born in Malaysia. He said the mood back home is a somber one.

"They're all pretty shocked," he said.

"Since my Dad always travels for work, the first thing I did when I heard the news was to ask if my family is OK," Leong said.

Also born in Malaysia were juniors Hana Ruslan and Faris Alsree.

"When all your friends are posting things on Facebook, like updates, that brings me close to them," Alsree said. "Even if I'm in Madison, I still feel like it happened next door.

Ruslan said she knows two young women back home, one of whom is a friend, that know people on board the flight.

"For me, I'm not really nervous for the (airline) company itself," Ruslan said. "But for the people. Because I know them."

All three students said they're now hoping for a miracle.

"I know the chances are slim, realistically, but what I'm hoping for is that they find the plane and there are survivors that can just go home and reunite with their families," Leong said.

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