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Relatives of MH370 passengers forced to switch hotel as F1 arrives in Kuala Lumpur

Mar 21, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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Relatives of the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been moved out of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur in order to make way for the arrival of Formula 1 fans and personnel for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 local time on Saturday 8th March with 239 passengers on board. However, it disappeared from all tracking devices whilst en route to Beijing, with its last known position being in the Malacca Straits.

Since then, no trace of the aircraft has been found, and a wide-reaching search has ensued, encompassing all areas within seven hours of the aircraft’s last known position.

A number of Chinese families arrived in Kuala Lumpur in order to receive updates regarding the search, and were staying in the Cyberview Hotel. However, due to the hotel being fully booked as a result of the Malaysian Grand Prix, they have now been moved by Malaysia Airlines to another residence.

The families were taken by bus to the Bangi-Putrajaya Hotel in order to accommodate the incoming guests at the Cyberview Hotel.

Speaking to Reuters, transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said: “We will be moving out of here because the F1 race is going to go on.”

Practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix gets underway on March 28 at the Sepang International Circuit.

To read the full NBC News report, click here.

  1. chad4208 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    News slow today?

  2. techmeister1 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I’m sure that the devastated relatives of the passengers on flight MH370 will find the change of hotels one more unpleasant experience but IMO it’s the least of their concerns. In fairness to all involved including those who booked rooms a year in advance for the F1 race, I don’t see the switch of hotels to be that big of a deal for the families. The hotel was just a convenient location to the airport. This plane tragedy is going to live on for years if not decades so people might as well start adjusting to this terrible event. You can’t change what has happened, but you can learn to accept it.

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