Malaysia Airlines sexual assault claim

JENNI RYALL
Last updated 10:33 15/08/2014

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- This story was first published on Mashable.com

A woman claims she was sexually assaulted by a crew member on board a Malaysia Airlines flight.

On August 4, the female passenger was flying on MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris when she expressed her concerns to the crew about flying with the airline due to the its involvement in two air disasters. To help calm her nerves, a steward was directed to "comfort" the passenger by sitting next to her during the flight.

The Australian woman claims during the flight the "nice" gesture turned into an assault, Cubic Lane reported. After disembarking from the plane at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, the woman alerted authorities.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed in a statement a member of their crew was detained for questioning by French police.

"Malaysia Airlines can confirm that following allegations by a passenger traveling on flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris on 4th August 2014 of inappropriate sexual behavior by a member of the cabin crew," the statement said.

"Malaysia Airlines expects and accepts nothing short of the highest standards of conduct from its crew and takes any such allegations very seriously. We will naturally assist the French authorities as they conduct their investigation and would stress that the safety, comfort and well-being of our passengers is always our highest priority."

The incident follows two global tragedies for the airline. 

Flight MH370 vanished in March this year with 227 passengers on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Despite an international search, the missing jet has not been found.

In July, MH17 was flying through Ukrianian airspace when it was shot down. All 283 passengers and 15 crew died in the disaster.

- Mashable

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