Family members of passengers onboard the missing flight MH370 blocked Malaysia Airlines staff members in a room and refused to let them leave for more than 10 hours at a Beijing hotel, Reuters reports.
Around 200 relatives of missing passengers held the staff members against their will after a briefing at a Beijing hotel, releasing them on Friday, according to Malaysia Airlines.
“Malaysia Airlines confirms that its staff were held at the Lido Hotel ballroom in Beijing by the family members of MH370 as the families expressed dissatisfaction in obtaining details of the missing aircraft,” the airline said.
On Thursday night, family members also held a protest outside of the Malaysian embassy in Beijing after Malaysia’s government representatives failed to show up to a scheduled meeting to answer questions about the ongoing search operation.
Another staff member for Malaysia airlines was reportedly kicked in the leg during a confrontation at the Lido Hotel two days earlier, according to the airline.
No sight of debris from the Malaysia Airlines jet has been detected since it vanished off radar screens on March 8 and was believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after steering dramatically off course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. As the underwater search off Australia failed to give any leads so far, a US defense official has warned that the hunt for the missing plane could take years.