- Investigators discount reports plane may have been sighted over Maldives
- Relatives of passengers on missing plane invade press conference
- Family members held up banners blaming the government of inaction
- Two women removed and taken to separate room, according to reports
- Malaysian officials confirm it has received radar data but are ‘not at liberty to release information from other countries’
Screaming family members of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet were forcibly removed from a hotel room after invading a press conference which was about to start, accusing the Malaysian government of failing to work hard enough to find the plane.
Half a dozen people held up banners blaming the government of inaction as airline officials desperately tried to resume order.
But one women screamed: ‘You are traitors to us… you have let us down. Tell us the truth! We want the truth!’
Two women, believed to be relatives of passengers on board the missing plane, were forcibly removed from the news conference and taken to another room, Sky News has reported.
Investigators meanwhile searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have discounted reports the plane may have been sighted over the Maldives.
Several residents of Kudahuvadhoo, one of the more remote atolls in the Indian Ocean island chain nation, had reported seeing a low-flying aircraft on the morning of March 8, when Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Malaysia’s Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a daily news conference today that the reports had been investigated by police in the Maldives and were determined to be untrue.
The anger of the Chinese group reflected the fury of other relatives in Beijing who have threatened to go on a hunger strike unless more details about the search for the flight were immediately released.
During the press conference Hishammuddin said he ‘fully understands’ the frustration of the relatives of the missing passengers and said a high-level delegation was being sent to Beijing to speak to the families.
Hishammuddin also told the news conference Malaysia had received radar data from other countries.
He said: ‘I can confirm that we have received some radar data, but we are not at liberty to release information from other countries.’