Employees held by angry relatives for more than 10 hours
A group of Malaysia Airlines employees found themselves at the centre of the ongoing drama over missing Flight MH370 when they were taken hostage by angry relatives of passengers for more than 10 hours.
The incident happened at a hotel in Beijing from Thursday into Friday, the airline said. More than 200 mostly Chinese family members held 10 of the airline’s employees following a briefing at the hotel.
“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,” the airline said.
The aircraft vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Relatives of the missing have become increasingly frustrated as no trace of the plane has been found, leading to suspicions the airline has been covering up facts related to the flight.
Other Malaysia Airlines employees have been attacked. A Chinese family member assaulted a security supervisor on duty at the same hotel, resulting in a light injury.