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The Father of the Plane Crash Victim Says We Have Nothing But Grief

375 family members of 132 people on flight MU5735 had visited the crash site, officials said.

Wuzhou, China:

As recovery crews dug through mud at the site of the China Eastern Airlines crash, dozens of their relatives aboard the MU5735 remained nearby in anxious waiting for further news.

One is Qin Haitao who hails from neighboring Hunan province.

Qin’s daughter, Shujun, was a passenger on a flight on Monday that was en route from the southwestern hinterland city of Kunming to the southeastern coastal city of Guangzhou, when it plunged to the ground in the rural part of Guangxi province, leaving an unknown victim.

Guangzhou -based foreign worker Shujun, 40, had traveled to Kunming to accompany his mother to see a specialist doctor whom he heard very well.

“We didn’t believe it and didn’t dare say anything, because we were worried my wife couldn’t bear it,” Qin said, while describing when he heard the news of the crash on Monday.

“Our eyes were full of tears but we didn’t dare cry. In fact, we knew the truth, but we kept it from him for one night, for half a day plus one night.”

Qin said she initially did not receive official confirmation of her daughter’s condition. But on Monday night his brother -in -law rushed to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, where the flight was scheduled to arrive. There, he was shown a list of passenger names, including Shujun’s name.

On Tuesday, Qin, his son and two others drove to Wuzhou and the next day visited the crash site accompanied by staff and volunteers from Eastern China.

“It hurts so much,” he said in a broken voice, holding back a tear. “We have nothing but grief now … We live in grief every day.”

By 10 a.m. Friday, 375 family members of the 132 people on board the MU5735 had visited the crash site, officials said.

Rescue workers have reported finding human bodies, fragments of passengers’ personal belongings and debris from the plane.

“Many family members are burning incense,” Qin said, of a visit to the crash site.

“I prayed and put my daughter’s name there. It just so happened to be her birthday on the same day … so I said: ‘Dad came to see you, my son. Happy birthday.'”

After a visit to the site, Qin mostly stayed at his hotel with his son, Shujun’s brother and only sibling.

Shujun himself leaves a teenage daughter.

“We don’t have any demand right now,” Qin said.

“Our only request is to find my daughter’s body as soon as possible and bring her home.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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