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Malaysia Airlines steward 'sexually assaulted' passenger spooked by MH370, MH17

Published on Aug 14, 2014 6:32 PM
 
An aircraft of Malaysian Airline System taxis on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on Feb 26, 2007. A Malaysia Airlines cabin crew member has been detained in France over allegations that he sexually assaulted a passenger who was scared of flying with the disaster-prone airline. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysia Airlines cabin crew member has been detained in France over allegations that he sexually assaulted a passenger who was scared of flying with the disaster-prone airline.

The case, involving the chief steward of a Paris-bound flight, is the latest setback for the struggling national carrier, which was struck by twin tragedies this year when one of its passenger jets went missing and another was shot down over conflict-torn east Ukraine.

The airline said in a statement Thursday that French police had detained a crew member for questioning following allegations by a passenger of "inappropriate sexual behaviour" on flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur on Aug 4.

The Australian passenger complained to authorities about the incident after touchdown at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, saying she had told crew at the beginning of the flight about her apprehension of flying with the airline in the wake of the two disasters.

 
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