A family member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cries as she gathers with others to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing September 8, 2014, on the six-month anniversary of the disappearance of the plane. The Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on March 8 after taking off from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing. About two thirds of those on board were from China.
A mother was shock when her call to her son’s phone got through eight months after he disappeared aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. She said she had been calling her son’s phone since the very first day that he went missing, but this was the first time that her call was connected.
“I call my son every day. It is a comfort for us, even if we cannot be connected,” the mother told China‘s news portal Ecns.cn. However, her call finally got through one day and she found herself speaking to a woman from Changsha, Central China‘s Hunan province.
Upon investigation, Ecns.cn was able to speak with an agent from the telecom service provider, Unicom. The agent said that on Nov 24, a young teacher had bought a phone card from the company. The phone card’s number is ending in 7789. Days after her purchase, the young teacher went back to complain that she had been receiving calls from people identifying themselves as relatives of one of the passengers of the missing MH370.
At first, the agent who attended to the teacher doubted her stories. The agent then used the phone card on his own phone. He then got calls from people in Britain and other countries.
The agent, whom Ecns.cn had spoken to, said that the phone number might be reactivated after being suspended for so long. The teacher is currently seeking a solution about the problem. There were no further reports if the mother will seek explanation from the telecom provider after the incident.
A similar event had already happened a few days after the loss of MH370. In March, several relatives of MH370 passengers said that the mobile phones of their loved ones were still ringing when they tried to call them. They demanded for the authorities to use the Global Positioning System coordinates of the phones to locate the missing aircraft. A representative from Malaysia Airlines tried calling the mobile phones of the plane’s crew and all phones rung too, The Strait Times reported. Other relatives said they also saw that the accounts of their loved ones were still online on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ.
MH370 went missing on March 8. Their relatives reported that their loved ones’ phones were still ringing on March 10. However, technology industry analyst Jeff Kagan said that there is nothing about the phones still ringing.
“So, they’re hearing ringing and they’re assuming it’s connecting to their loved ones, but it’s not. It’s the network sending a signal to the phone letting them know it’s looking for them,” Kagan told CNN.