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Day 049: Friday, 25 April 2014

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Media Statements

Friday, April 25, 07:40 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Media Statement 28

Subang, 25 April 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that its staff were held at the Lido Hotel ballroom in Beijing by the family members of MH370 as the families expressed dissatisfaction in obtaining details of the missing aircraft on 24 April 2014 at 3pm.

The 200 over family members requested for the presence of a Malaysian official as only Malaysian Airline staff were present at the briefing session.

The 10 airline staff, then, were told to wait at the ballroom whilst a group of 60 family members left for the Malaysian Embassy in an attempt to get a government official to attend the briefing.

The group finally released the staff at 1.44am, 25 April 2014.

In another incident, Malaysia Airlines Security supervisor, Kalaichelven Shunmugam was attacked by a Chinese family member whilst on duty at Lido Hotel in Beijing on 22 April 2014. The airline staff tried to stop an aggressive family member who demanded access to the secretariat, when the latter kicked the staff in his left knee.

Those at the scene managed to defuse the situation and later brought Kalaichelven to the secretariat for first aid assistance.

The staff sustained only light injury.

Malaysia Airlines had filed a police report following the incident.

Source: Malaysia Airlines MAS-MS28-049