Italian and Austrian passengers safe; passports were stolen

Michael Garko, In Airline News

Multiple reports, including a Reuters report, are reporting the lone Italian passenger and an Austrian passenger listed on the manifest are safe.

Photo: Malaysia Airlines

Photo: Malaysia Airlines

No Italian was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, the Rome Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

The passenger list provided by Malaysia Airlines includes Luigi Maraldi, 37, an Italian citizen. Newspaper Corriere Della Sera is reporting that Maraldi’s passport was stolen while visiting Thailand last August.

“Luigi called us early this morning to reassure us he was fine, but we didn’t know about the accident,” Walter Maraldi, father of Luigi, told NBC News.  “Thank God he heard about it before us.”

As for the Austrian passenger, Reuters and The Associated Press both quoted the Austrian foreign ministry as saying that he was safe in Austria. The ministry said that the passenger also reported their passport as recently stolen as well.

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