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A look at some passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Mar 29 2014, 00:54 IST
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As a baby born outside Nanjing in 1938, he was abandoned several times as his family fled invading Japanese troops. Reuters As a baby born outside Nanjing in 1938, he was abandoned several times as his family fled invading Japanese troops. Reuters
SummaryThere were 239 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

There were 239 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. These are some of their stories.

ALWAYS NEW PASSIONS

In 2006, Chinese artist Liu Rusheng reflected on his life, concluding with gratitude that "fate has been very kind to me.''

As a baby born outside Nanjing in 1938, he was abandoned several times as his family fled invading Japanese troops. He later survived a truck collision, political persecution, three heart attacks and the vicious swirling currents of the Yangtze River.

"After these narrow escapes, I have come to cherish life more,'' Liu said in a blog post that was written in connection with a showing of his work. "I have become more open-minded and more detached.''

Liu, who was traveling with his wife when the Malaysia Airlines plane vanished, was part of a delegation of Chinese artists and calligraphers returning home after an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Nineteen artists, six family members and four staff were aboard the plane.

In his blog post, written when he was in his late 60s, Liu said he continued to find new passions as he aged.

"Even as I am approaching 70, I like new things,'' he wrote. "In my spare time, I have learned how to drive, how to use a computer, and I study photography and production. My life is fulfilling and joyous. I love to sing and to run in the rain. My wife says I am an old child who loves singing, drinking and going barefoot.''

A BUSY FATHER

Workdays regularly went long for Wong Wai Sang. The businessman, who ran the sales and marketing department for a Malaysian property company, often left home at 5 a.m. to beat the traffic from the Kuala Lumpur suburb where he lived, returning up to 18 hours later.

Major events were sometimes barely noticed. Wong turned 53 on March 7. But his wife saw him only briefly in the morning before he headed to work. She and her daughters were out when he came home to pack before the Malaysia Airlines flight to Beijing.

He called home just before boarding.

"He said he didn't bring enough warm clothing as it was very cold in Beijing,'' said his wife, Tan Kuee Lian. "I told him to buy cold-weather clothing there.'' She and their daughters then wished him a happy birthday.

His daughter Eliz Wong Yun Yi, who studies in

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