Missing MH370: China clears all of its passengers

Missing MH370: China clears all of its passengers
Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang said Beijing had carried out a comprehensive investigation into the background and profile of all the Chinese nationals, including a Hong Kong and a Taiwanese passenger.

KUALA LUMPUR - China has cleared all its 154 nationals on board the MH370 of any involvement in any sabotage or terrorist attack on the aircraft.

Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang said Beijing had carried out a comprehensive investigation into the background and profile of all the Chinese nationals, including a Hong Kong and a Taiwanese passenger.

"Since March 8, the day the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft vanished, we have investigated the matter thoroughly. Till today, we did not find any sign of involvement of the (Chinese) passengers in a sabotage or terrorist attack," he told a media conference here yesterday.

He said the Malaysian authorities had sought help from the relevant countries to investigate each of their passengers to find out who could have been involved in deliberately diverting the plane and cutting off communications with ground and air control.

The focus of the investigation was on the flight crew but he urged everyone to be patient and wait for the probe to be completed.

"There has been a lot of confusion as a result of misinformation, speculations and even rumours. This incident is unprecedented in the history of the aviation industry. It's very complicated and it's baffling us.

"Malaysia lacks the capability and experience in handling the incident but this is understandable as the country had not experienced such a major situation before since its independence," he said.

Nevertheless, he stressed that Malaysia had done its very best to deal with the situation.

A team of officials and technical experts from China has been coordinating with its Malaysian counterparts on the probe and radar and aviation data.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that Indian intelligence officials had also cleared the five Indians on the plane.

The report quoted unnamed police sources as saying the five were Chetna Kolekar, 55, Swanand Kolekar, 23, Vinod Kolekar, 59, Chandrika Sharma, 51, and Kranti Shirsatha, 44.

The MH370 flight manifest consists of 154 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, three Americans and two Canadians among the passengers.

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