Chandrika had taken the flight from Kuala Lumpur on her way to Mongolia to participate in a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organized conference. Chandrika was to represent her organization "International Collective In Support of Fishworkers", where she works as an Executive Secretary.
    
Narendran is praying for the good news - that his wife is alive and safe - from the Malaysian Airlines authorities.

"He is not in a mental make-up to answer his phone. His wife Chandrika was on the Malaysia Airlines plane that is said to have crashed," said N Venugopal of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF).

The couple has one daughter, who is pursuing a degree course in English literature from Delhi’s Dr Ambedkar University.

"Her family is devastated by this. They do not want to talk to anyone now," he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said that no sign of any plane wreckage was found and denied earlier media reports that the plane had crashed south of an island off Vietnam.

The Boeing B777-200 aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 am on Saturday and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 am the same day. The Malaysian Airlines, in a statement, said the company is working with international authorities on the search and rescue mission of the aircraft.

(JPN/Agencies)

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