The brother of a Taiwanese woman who was aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight that has disappeared said yesterday afternoon that his family was hoping for the best.
Speaking at a press conference, Chuang Ching-chiang (莊敬強) said that all he knew was that his sister, Chuang Shiu-ling (莊秀玲), her husband and her eldest son had been aboard the flight to Beijing and that his family was still holding out hope for good news.
Chuang Ching-chiang, a legislative assistant for Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟), said his sister, her Chinese-Malaysian husband and their three children live in Malaysia and that the parents were headed to Beijing on a business trip.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia has confirmed with Malaysia Airlines that a Taiwanese citizen, born in 1969, was on the airplane, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anna Kao (高安) said yesterday.
The ministry has helped to confirm the identity of the passenger and activated the mechanism of emergency assistance to help her family, Kao added.
Chuang Ching-chiang said the ministry informed his family of the news, but it did not have any further information about her situation.
Chuang Shiu-ling is believed to have been the only Taiwanese national on the Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing.
Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan