A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Malaysian Airlines.
A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Malaysian Airlines. Photo by Bloomberg
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One of the passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines flight 370 that vanished is a Jewish Russian national, according to airline records.

Nikolai Brodskii, 43, of the Siberian city of Irkutsk, appears on the missing plane’s passenger manifest. He is a husband and father of sons aged 17 and 11.

Rabbi Aharon Wagner, a Chabad rabbi for the region, contacted Brodskii’s family after learning that he was on the plane, the Times of Israel reported.

Brodskii, a scuba diving instructor, had traveled to Bali, Indonesia, for a diving vacation. He was returning to Russia on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the Times of Israel reported, citing Vitaly Markov, first secretary of the Russian embassy in Malaysia.

The flight, with 239 passengers on board, disappeared Saturday while flying over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam. No distress signal was issued, and it is believed the plane had changed course and turned back toward Kuala Lumpur, from where it had taken off.