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Passenger who missed ill-fated flight tweets gratitude

10 March 2014, 12:43

Cape Town - "@Cylithria can't reach you by phone. We missed the flight. Rory and I are OKAY Ria. I'm NOT ON THE FLIGHT RIA. IM OK." 

This was a tweet sent out by US traveller and Twitter user, Kaiden IV on Saturday after realising that he and his travel companion had missed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to China and so escaped a still unknown, but possibly terrible fate.

The flight, en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China, was reported missing on Saturday, 8 March after Subang Air Traffic Control Centre lost contact with the plane at about 01:22 (17:43 GMT), while over the Gulf of Thailand. 

The plane has been missing for more than 48hrs with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board - and authorities are investigating exactly what happened to the plane.

While it's not clear what exactly had made Kaiden IV and his companion, Rory, miss their flight, he expressed his disbelief, grief and, ultimately, gratitude in a string of heartfelt tweets starting with the one addressed to his fiance, Ria.

While Kaiden, Ria and Rory were overwhelmed by gratitude, family members of some on board the missing aircraft still have no clarity about what fate could have befallen their loved ones.

AFP reports that China's state-run media on Monday lashed out at Malaysia and its national carrier over their handling of the missing passenger jet, calling for a swifter response effort and tightened airport security.  

Nearly two-thirds of the 239 people aboard MH370 were from China, and if the loss of the aircraft is confirmed, it would be China's second-worst air disaster in history.

Distraught loved ones have been waiting for more news from the airline, but the latest reports about jetliner fragments found 80km South-Southwest of Vietnam's Tho Chu Islan still need to be verified.

In the mean time, vigils have been held and prayers offered up for passengers and crew members. 

(Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik gives final touches on a sand sculpture with a message of prayers for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Assit Kumar/AFP Photo

(Monks offer up prayers for passengers, crew and family members. AFP Photo/STR)

(Risman Siregar (L) comforts his wife Erlina Panjaitan (C), parents of Firman Chandra Siregar, a 24 year-old passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 that went missing on March. AFP PHOTO / ATAR)

(A relative of victims from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane cries while awaiting updates at a hotel in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur. AFP PHOTO / Mohd Rasfan)

(Relatives of victims from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane complete paperwork for their Chinese passports to be ready to travel to the crash site, in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/Mark Ralston)


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