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Published: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 2:44:00 AM
Updated: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 3:30:05 AM

Missing MAS flight: Missing craft was inspected just 10 days ago, says Firefly CEO

Firefly CEO Ignatius Ong (second from right) fielding questions from reporters at the press conference in Beijing.

Firefly CEO Ignatius Ong (second from right) fielding questions from reporters at the press conference in Beijing.

BEIJING: The missing aircraft was inspected just 10 days ago, well ahead of its scheduled service, said Firefly CEO Ignatius Ong.

"It is in top condition and has no history of malfunction," he said.

"We are hungry for more information as well. We are working closely with various authorities in the region," he added.

Ong, who represented MAS senior management, was at a packed press conference at 1.30am on Sunday at Citic Hotel Beijing Airport.

He was leading the "Go Team" deployed by Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur which arrived in Beijing to provide assistance to the families of affected passengers.

He said the team of 93 personnel, including caregivers and volunteers, touched down in Beijing at 10.45pm.

Ong said that the airlines' priority now is to support the families.

Ong added that the whereabouts of the aircraft have yet to be determined.

The reported oil leak in Vietnamese was also not confirmed to have any connection with MH370.

Sea search and rescue was still ongoing overnight while air search and rescue will resume when daylight breaks.

Regarding the displeasure of families, who complained that they did not receive updates from the airline, Ong said MAS China is a small commercial and operational team which receives info coordinated from Kuala Lumpur.

"The Beijing team is stretched at the moment, and no information was released unless confirmed.

"We have mobilised MAS officers from our Taiwan Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Kunming offices to assist the team in Beijing.

"The immediate family members of affected families are gathered in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and will be flown to the location when MH370 is identified.

"All travelling expenses will be borne by MAS," he said.

Families of affected passengers can call MAS at +86-10-6437 6249.

Tags / Keywords: MAS flight, KL, Beijing, missing flight, MH370

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