Five Indians and at least one person of Indian origin were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that remains missing. Here is who they were:
Muktesh Mukherjee: Aged 42, he is a Canadian resident and vice-president of the China operations of Xcoal Energy and Resources. He and his wife Xiaomo Bai, of Chinese descent, were on the missing flight. According to reports, Muktesh is the grandson of Mohan Kumaramangalam, a minister in Indira Gandhi's Cabinet, who incidentally died in an air crash in May 1973.
Chandrika Sharma: Aged 51, Chandrika is is a social activist was headed to Mongolia for a regional conference on food and agriculture organised by the FAO. An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Chandrika is a Chennai resident.
Vinod Kolekar, 63; Chetana Kolekar, 59 and Swanand Kolekar (23): This family of three belong to Mumbai and were travelling to Beijing to attend the convocation ceremony of their older son Samved (29) who completed his PhD in astrophysics recently. It was Chetana's first time in a flight, according to reports. Vinod is a former employee of an automobile major in Mumbai.
Kranti Shirsat, 44: A resident of Bhugaon near Pune, Kranti is a mother of two and was headed to North Korea where her husband Prahlad heads an NGO. An MSc graduate from Beed, Kranti is a former college teacher in Pune. The family lived in Tajikistan for a couple of years where Prahlad was posted, returning to Bhugaon when he was took up a posting in North Korea.