MAS: All who checked in boarded the plane

MAS: All who checked in boarded the plane

SEPANG, Malaysia - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has confirmed that all the 227 passengers who checked in for MH370 boarded the plane.

MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said there were four no-shows, but their seats were taken up by four others on the waiting list.

"I would like to put on record that the four absentees were replaced with those on standby, and as such, the issue of offloading luggage from the plane does not arise," he said, while also defending the 777's airworthiness as it had undergone regular inspections.

"As far as we are concerned, this aircraft is fit to fly."

Thirty fishing vessels in Kedah have joined the call to be on the lookout for the aircraft even as they fish.

According to Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister, Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, 1,818 vessels in the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca were currently on the lookout for the airliner.

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