Chinese on missing jet cleared of terror link
Checks into the background of all the Chinese nationals on board the missing Malaysian jetliner have uncovered no links to terrorism.
The remarks by the Chinese ambassador in Kuala Lumpur will dampen speculation that Uighur separatists in far western Xinjiang province might have been involved with the disappearance of the Boeing 777 and its 239 passengers and crew early on March 8.
The plane was carrying 154 Chinese passengers when Malaysian officials say someone on board deliberately diverted it from its route to Beijing less than one hour into the flight. A massive search operation has yet to find any trace of the plane.
Huang Huikang said background checks on Chinese nationals did not uncover any evidence suggesting they were involved in hijacking.
Malaysian police say they are investigating the possibility of hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or anyone else on board, but have yet to give any update on what they have uncovered.