Dubai mother grieves for son on missing Malaysia flight

Her father Mohan Kumaramangalam, a former Indian minister, died in 1973 crash near New Delhi

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The family of Muktesh Mukherjee, one of the passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, is still hoping that a plane crash has not claimed the life of a second family member.

Muktesh’s grandfather, Mohan Kumaramangalam, was killed in a plane crash on the outskirts of New Delhi in 1973, Gulf News reported Tuesday.

“Miracles do happen. We pray it will happen this time and Muktesh will come back to us,” his uncle Manoj Mukherjee told AFP in the Indian city of Kolkata.

Muktesh, an Indian-born Canadian who works for U.S. firm XCoal in Beijing, was traveling home on flight MH370 with his Chinese wife Xiaomo Bai.

The search for the missing plane was recently widened to a larger swathe of the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, around where it lost radio contact and vanished from radar screens.

While many fixated on the fact that two Iranian passengers on board had used fake passports to fly, alluding to a potential terrorist attack, the head of international police agency Interpol said he did not believe the disappearance of a Malaysia

Airlines plane at the weekend was a terrorist related incident.

“The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist incident,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said.

Police in Thailand, where the passports were stolen and the tickets used by the two men carrying them were booked, also said on Tuesday they did not think the two men were involved in the mysterious disappearance of the plane.

The circumstances revolving the plane’s disappearance have baffled aviation experts. The day of the plane’s disappearance the weather was clear and the aircraft was at an altitude which would indicate it was flying on autopilot. Most plane accidents occur on takeoff and landing.

Other odd details include the fact there was no distress signal or radio contact indicating a problem and, in the absence of any wreckage or flight data, police have been left trawling through passenger and crew lists for potential leads.

Flight MH370 vanished early Saturday with 239 people aboard, an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for the Chinese capital.

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