TODAY   |  March 08, 2014

Desperate wait for families in Beijing after jet vanishes

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered at a Beijing hotel to wait for information on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.  Many are fearing the worst, and growing frustrated by what they say is a lack of information. CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports.

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>> you right to today's top story, and that is the malaysia airliner that we first learned went missing overnight. we first heard last night that it had gone missing. as the hours go on, the airline says it still has not found any evidence of wreckage.

>> let's bring you the latest as we know it. there is a massive effort under way right now to find the plane. search-and-rescue crews were deployed as soon as authorities realized the plane was missing.

>> and air traffic control lost contact with that plane about two hours into what was supposed to be a six-hour flight.

>> and there were 239 people on board the plane, including 3 americans, one of them an infant.

>> yunis yuan is in beijing this morning where the plane was supposed to land. yunis, what can you tell us?

>> reporter: erica, it's been a very emotional day. family and friends have been gathered in the hotel behind me waiting for any word on the fate of their loved ones. many of them this morning had gone to the airport hoping to pick up their relatives, and they were very surprised to learn that the plane never arrived. there was one woman who broke down in tears uncontrollably, very worried about what happened to her sister. a driver said that he was there to pick up his boss's wife and that he had waited for five hours to find out that she had never arrived. now, those people have been directed by the security to come to this hotel, which is near the airport, and wait for more information. hundreds of people now have gathered here and are growing increasingly frustrated by what they see as a lack of information. many of them have been upset, saying that the airline has poorly handled this. and ten hours later, after they've been waiting here for quite some time, waiting behind closed doors , many of them are fearing the worst. erica?

>> all right, eunice yoon , we