MH370 Passengers

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 - Passenger Information

Summary

There were 227 passengers onboard Flight MH370, including two infant children.

Passenger Data

Official data about the passengers onboard Flight MH370 comes from two three sources:-

  1. Passenger Manifests released by Malaysia Airlines on Saturday, 8 March 2014 and updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014. The data provided is limited to the passenger name, nationality and age.
  2. Passenger Manifests released by the Department of Civil Aviation (Malaysia), based on data provided by Malaysia Airlines, released on Thursday, 1 May 2014 and updated on Monday, 5 May 2014. The data provided includes the passenger name, nationality (as a Country Code), age, gender, seat class and seat number. These documents are referred to as a seating plan.
  3. A passenger manifest released in Beijing based on data provided by Malaysia Airlines through an Advance passenger Information system. This includes data not normally made public such as the passenger' passport number and date of birth.

Unofficial data about many passengers was published by various media sources.

Passenger Data Interpretation

The Passenger Manifests released in Malaysia list names in the format Last_Name/First_Name(s)+Title with no space between each name or title. In this format a Family Name is treated as a Last_Name.

The data released in Beijing retains the name order, adds spaces between each name, and removes the title so the format is Last_Name First_Name.

However, the Beijing data uses Mandarin characters for many passengers and the gender for every passenger. The data for two passengers is either unreadable or redacted.

The nationality of each passenger can be interpreted from the three-letter country code. Initially when the number of passengers from each country was totalled there was some confusion caused by the similarity of country codes for Indonesia (IDN) and India (IND).

Two passengers listed were not on the aircraft - their passports had been stolen and were used by two Iranians. The documents were never corrected.

Passenger Articles

A page, or article, has been created for each passenger. The page name is based on the passenger Last_Name or Family_Name then one or more First Names.

The information provided is based primarily on the passenger manifest data, supplemented where possible by extracts from media articles and a photograph, if available. All media sources are referenced or attributed using links to a Reference ID.

Passenger Skills or Occupation

The Royal Malaysia Police investigation 'cleared' each passenger, in conjunction with the relevant police in the passenger's home country. That is, officially none of the passengers known to have been on-board as listed in the passenger manifests is thought to have contributed to the aircraft's diversion and subsequent loss.

However, a position taken on this website is the opposite: what qualifications or skills did each passenger have which could have contributed to saving the aircraft? Assuming that they had any opportunity to do so[1]. The philosophy of Crew Resource Management is that in an emergency or crisis situation the aircraft crew are trained to work together because a team effort can achieve more than any individual. Historically there have also been incidents in which some passengers have also been able to assist the crew. It is noted that many of the passengers on MH370 were engineers, some had nursing skills, others had military or martial arts skills. This information has been drawn from the various media articles and has been associated with each passenger page.

Categories

Many websites tag key words as a method of linking similar articles. The software used for this website uses categories. To index passenger information categories have been created for each nationality, each Row in the aircraft, and the skills or occupation for passengers if known.





  1. A mainstream belief is that the aircraft was depressurised soon after the turn-back near the waypoint IGARI in the South China Sea although there is no hard evidence of that event at any stage of the flight. The total loss of communications from the aircraft is generally taken as an indication that, apart from someone piloting the plane, no-one else was conscious or able to communicate, or respond to ground-to-air communications. However, at 02:25:27 MYT the SATCOM link was re-established (without a valid Flight ID), marking the end of a 'lost time period'. This log-on request is referred to as the first 'handshake'. But how or why did that occur?