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Austria and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was a scheduled international flight which left Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 8 March 2014 at 00:42 am (MYT) and was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am (MYT).

There were 12 crew and 227 passengers on board.

For reasons that are still not known, the aircraft made a turn-back west across the Malay Peninsula; changed direction again and flew north west towards the Andaman Sea; and then turned south.

Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

According to the Passenger Manifest, one of the persons on-board was an Austrian citizen. Malaysia Airlines contacted Austria's foreign ministry, to inform them that the name of an Austrian was on the passenger manifest. However, when Austrian ministry contacted the person to whom the passport belonged it was learned that this person was is in Austria and 'safe and sound'. His passport was stolen in 2012 on a trip to Thailand[1].

The Royal Malaysian Police revealed that the stolen Austrian passport had been used by one of two Iranian passengers on MH370 who both traveled from Kuala Lumpur on stolen passports.

  1. Two on plane list didn't board flight, The Age, 9 March 2014.