Passengers on Malaysia Airlines plane come from 14 countries, airline says

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(CNN) — The passengers and crew members on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing Friday hail from 14 countries, according to a manifest released by the airline.

Most of the 227 passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Chinese, the airline said. All 12 crew members were Malaysian.

The 154 passengers from China (including Taiwan) included a delegation of painters and calligraphers, a group of Buddhists returning from a religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur, a three-generation family and a group of nine senior travelers, Chinese state media reported.

Other passengers on the aircraft hailed from Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Australia, the United States, France, New Zealand, Ukraine, Canada, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria, the airline said.

An Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman later said a man listed on the airline’s manifest is safe and was never aboard the aircraft. The Austrian national’s passport was stolen two years ago, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss told CNN.

Similarly, Italian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aldo Amati said no one from his country was on the plane, even though an Italian was on the manifest. Malaysian officials said they were aware of reports that the Italian’s passport had been stolen, but had not confirmed that.

U.S. nationals on the plane’s manifest were identified by the airline as Philip Wood, 51; Nicole Meng, 4; and Yan Zhang, 2.

A senior U.S. State Department official confirmed Saturday that three U.S. citizens were onboard the aircraft. Embassy officials were trying to determine whether additional U.S. citizens were on the flight.

The plane was carrying five children under 5 years old, the airline said.

CNN’s Steven Jiang, Bharati Naik, Mariano Castillo and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.

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