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Missing MAS plane: Austrian not on plane says Vienna

Published on Mar 8, 2014 11:38 PM
 
A fishing boat is anchored near a local naval base at Phu Quoc island, in the waters of southern Vietnam, where a Malaysian Airlines jet was presumed lost on March 8, 2014. An Austrian reported to have been aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane missing off the Vietnamese coast is safe at home and his passport was stolen. -- PHOTO: AFP

VIENNA (REUTERS) - An Austrian reported to have been aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane missing off the Vietnamese coast is safe at home and his passport was stolen, a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Vienna said on Saturday.

"Our embassy got the information that there was an Austrian on board. That was the passenger list from Malaysia Airlines. Our system came back with a note that this is a stolen passport," he said.

Police found the man at his home.

The passport was stolen two years ago while he was travelling in Thailand, the spokesman said.