Missing Malaysian Airlines flight rattles Asian-American community in Hudson Valley

The missing Malaysian Airlines flight has hit home for much of the Asian-American community in the Hudson Valley. (3/8/14)

MOUNT VERNON - The missing Malaysian Airlines flight has hit home for much of the Asian-American community in the Hudson Valley.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanished early Saturday morning with 239 people aboard, more than half of them Chinese citizens. The State Department has said at least three Americans are among the passengers.

Helen Tang, the vice president of OCA Westchester-Hudson Valley, a national nonprofit organization for Asian-Americans, says she has flown on the airline several times and there's never been a problem.

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"It just kind of like for a moment, you just feel, and then you try to get it out of your mind because it could happen to any airline,"  said the Mount Vernon resident.

Tang and Xin Cheng, the president of OCA's Westchester chapter, say their hearts go out to loved ones involved in the tragedy, and add that the chapter will be available to provide any assistance if needed.

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