Who were they? Meet the passengers on board the missing Malaysian plane

By Petro-Anne Vlok
31 March 2014

Among the 239 people on board the missing Malaysia plane were 24 Chinese calligraphy artists, a couple returning from a delayed honeymoon and a stunt double actor, to name but a few. The passenger list was recently released, giving people more insight into those who were on board.

A public member hold a candle during a candle light vigil to remember the victim of the ill-fated flight MH370 on March 30, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

The passengers on board the Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight came from all walks of life. Those on board travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing came from 14 different nationalities, the majority of which were Chinese. Here we look at some of the passengers and their stories:

Rusheng Lui, 77, Chinese:

A famous artist, he was one of 24 calligraphers returning from a cultural exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. He had survived many near-death experiences in his life, including a truck collision, nearly drowning, political persecution as well as three heart attacks.

Ju Kun, 35, Chinese:

Kun was a martial arts expert and stuntman. He was on his way to visit his two young children in Beijing.

Chetana Kolekar, 55, Indian

This was her first time on board a plane. She was traveling with her husband and son. They were on their way to attend her eldest son’s graduation ceremony in Beijing.

Dina Mohamed Ramli, 30, Malaysian

She celebrated her first wedding anniversary a few days before boarding the flight. She was travelling with her mother, sister and aunt.

Ruixian Zheng, 42, Chinese:

It was her birthday on 8 March, the day the plane went missing

Muhammad Razahan Zamani, 24, Malaysian and Norli Akmar Hamid, 33, Malaysian:

The couple was reportedly on a delayed honeymoon (they got married in 2012) and this trip marked the first time either flew on a plane.

Paul Weeks, 39, New Zealander:

Before he left his family to go and work on the mines in Mongolia, Weeks gave his watch and wedding ring to his wife to pass on to his two sons in case anything should happen to him. Wang Moheng, 23 months, Chinese: Moheng was one of the youngest passengers on the flight. He was returning home after a week’s holiday in Malaysia with his parents, mother Jiao Weiwei, (32) and father Wang Rui (35). Two of his grandparents were also on the plane. SOURCES: thedailybeast.com, dailymail.co.uk, bbc.com, nydailynews.com

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