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Missing flight relatives in F1 hotel row

ESPN Staff
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Relatives of passengers on missing flight MH370 have been forced to change hotels to make way for Formula One personnel and fans arriving for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Thirty-two family members have reportedly been shifted from two hotels near Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), from where the missing flight took off on March 8 and which is next to the Sepang racetrack. The hotels would have been booked months in advance of the grand prix weekend, which begins on March 28.

Ministers and government officials working on the case have also had to leave two closely located hotels, which had become the headquarters for coordinating search operations, with daily media briefings shifted elsewhere. Some of those being moved are Chinese family members who flew to Malaysia to be closer to the heart of the search.

"The rooms have been pre-booked before this event happened," a hotel official is quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which had 239 people on board, vanished shortly after take-off from KLIA on March 8 bound for Beijing. Its disappearance has prompted an unprecedented international search effort which is still ongoing.