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Russian, Ukrainians Among Passengers on Missing Plane

Published: March 12, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

ARussian traveling toIrkutsk was onboardthe plane lost over theSouth China Sea, theRussian Embassy inMalaysia has said.

Malaysia Airlines also said two Ukrainian nationals were onboard its Boeing 777-200, which disappeared fromthe radarsearly Saturday.

Air and sea rescue teams have been searching an area of the South China Sea south of Vietnam for the plane, while crews have also expanded their search to include the west coast of Malaysia.

Forty ships and 34 aircraft of nine different nationalities are involved in the search, but no signal has been received from the planes emergency locator transmitter, Malaysian aviation authorities said Sunday, the BBC reported.

Vietnamese navy ships earlier approached two large oil slicks, spotted in the South China Sea on Mar. 8, but discovered no signs of wreckage nearby.

Investigators are also checking CCTV footage of two passengers, who are believed to have boarded the plane using stolen European passports. No group has claimed responsibility for the planes disappearance, though Malaysias transportation minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has not ruled out terrorism as a factor in events.

Our own intelligence have been activated and, of course, the counterterrorism unitsfrom all the relevant countries have been informed, Hussein said.

The missing jet was carrying 227 passengers from14 countries, mainly China andMalaysia, anda crew of12, all Malaysian nationals, thecarrier said ina statement.

Theplane was heading fromMalaysian capital Kuala-Lumpur toBeijing.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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