Missing MH370: 'There were no passengers who did not board flight', says IGP

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014

SEPANG: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has clarified that all those who bought tickets for MH370 checked in and boarded the aircraft.

He said only one buyer, a Malaysian student, cancelled her ticket after mixing up the dates.

“We have already checked the flight manifest and everyone who bought the tickets was on board,” he told a press conference yesterday.

He was responding to a question on whether police were investigating a report that five people had checked in but had not boarded the flight.

Malaysia Airlines also clarified that there were four passengers who had valid bookings to travel on flight MH370 but did not show up to check in for the flight.

“As such, the issue of off-loading unaccompanied baggage did not arise as the four passengers did not check in,” it said in a statement.

Initially, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) had said there were five passengers who did not board the flight although they had checked in.

DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman also said the bags of the five had been removed according to international standards and that they were “clean”.

Khalid said Bukit Aman also received the biodata of all Chinese passengers following a meeting with representatives of China’s Public Security office.

“We will sieve through all the data as part of the investigation.

“Our counterparts from China have been more than cooperative during the investigation,” Khalid said.

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