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Brother of Taiwanese woman on missing flight still hopeful

TAIPEI -- The brother of a Taiwanese woman who was on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that has disappeared said Saturday afternoon that his family was hoping for the best.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday afternoon, the woman's brother Chuang Ching-chiang said all he knew was that his sister, her husband and her oldest son were aboard the flight to Beijing and that his family was still holding out hope for good news.

The brother said his sister, her Chinese Malaysian husband and their three children live in Malaysia and that the parents were headed to Beijing on a business trip.

They were on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared from radar screens about two hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft, which was carrying 227 passengers and a 12-member crew, at about 2:40 a.m. as it was flying over the sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam's navy reported that the plane crashed into the ocean off the coast of Vietnam, but the Malaysian government said it could not independently confirm the report.

As of Saturday afternoon, the plane's exact location and what happened to it remained a mystery. Chuang is believed to be the only Taiwanese national on board the Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing.

Most of the passengers are reported to be Chinese nationals.

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