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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.





 


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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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