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DISREGARD MALICIOUS MESSAGES ON AIR CRASH RUMOURS, SAYS AIRASIA

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has lodged a police report about the circulation of hoax text messages, and Twitter and Facebook postings about a plane crash.

“We advise the public to disregard malicious messages circulating on Twitter, Facebook or via chain SMS.”

“We will not hesitate to take strong legal action and initiate civil or criminal proceedings against individuals or groups who circulate or spread false and malicious messages regarding our company, particularly relating to matters of safety,” AirAsia said in a statement yesterday.

The company stressed that it would do all it could to trace those responsible for spreading the messages.

Such hoax messages about an AirAsia flight having crashed on Sunday had spread like wildfire through text messages and the social media.

According to the messages, a flight, variously described as AK5154 or AK5145, had crashed at the Kuching airport or at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

AirAsia said that the rumours had caused panic among the public and disrupted its operations.

The matter had also been reported to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, it said.

The public has been advised to refer to official AirAsia communication channels when in doubt, including www.facebook.com/airasia, www.twitter.com/airasia, www.airasia.com/ask, or call 600 85 9999.

Source from http://thestar.com.my/