Missing MH370: 'I was supposed to be on that plane'

Friends and family members of the 154 Chinese aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, which vanished en route to Beijing on Saturday, have been left to wonder about the fate of their loved ones.

"The whole family of my pretty and delightful neighbor was on that plane," said Lu Jiang, 32-year-old Beijing resident.

"I saw her name and the name of her husband and her 1-year-old baby on the missing passenger's list. I never thought this would happen. God bless them."

Lu said she and others in her community still held hope for the passengers, because no crash has been confirmed.

"I saw her couple of days ago at a neighbor's party. She smiled and was so happy," Lu said.

"But now she and her whole family are on that plane."

A group of Chinese calligraphy artists is known to have been on board the missing plane.

Meng Gaosheng, vice president of the China Calligrapher Association, and 23 Chinese artists had been in Malaysia for an exchange program.

"I was supposed to be on that plane," said Liu Hongwei, who said he had been invited to attend the event by his close friend Meng, the leader of the delegation.

"But I was too busy with my work," said Liu. "I really wanted to go. If Meng had insisted, I would have gone with him."

Liu said he felt terrible about the tragedy. News about the missing jet shocked him and gave him a shiver.

"It could have been me," he said.

Li Junfeng, a friend of Liu Rusheng, another artist on the plane, said if the plane is confirmed as crashed, he'd be losing a great friend and a business partner.

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