PETALING JAYA: A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) air stewardess was found dead in a hotel at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport early Friday morning.
Chin Swee Len, 34, had flown to the Dutch capital on Tuesday and was supposed to have returned to Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The cause of death has yet to be ascertained. Amsterdam police said they were investigating to see whether there was any foul play.
When contacted, the hotel front office staff confirmed that Chin had checked in on Tuesday. "But she left her room the following day."
Her body was said to have been found by hotel employees at the Radisson Hotel. She was discovered at 9am.
MAS personnel found out about her disappearance when she failed to turn up for a pre-departure briefing.
A source from the airline said Chin was believed to have been assaulted and then thrown out of her hotel room window.
"Her fourth floor room was broken into and ransacked," said the source.
Chin failed to attend the briefing at the hotel lobby, which is usually held before the crew leaves for the airport to board their flight.
"A crew member went up to the room to check but could not find her. The room was ransacked and the window was open."
MAS operations director Capt Azharuddin Osman said the airline was deeply saddened by the death of the cabin crew member.
"Our main concern now is to support the family where we can," he said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to them during this difficult time."
Capt Azharuddin said Chin's family had been informed and arrangements were being made to fly them over to the Dutch capital.
Chin, who is married and has a child, was staying in Taman Oakland, Seremban with her husband. Chin, who was a senior flight attendant, and had been working with the airline since 1997.
The family members left on a MAS flight from the KL International Airport last night.
"We are fully co-operating with the authorities as they are still in the process of ascertaining the cause of death," said Capt Azharuddin.
"Any other information on this matter is pure speculation at this point in time," he said, adding that MAS was unable to disclose any further details as it was a police case.
Netherlands' police had requested assistance from Interpol and the Malaysian police to help in their investigation. A Wisma Putra official confirmed they had been informed.
-New Straits Times and The Star/Asia News Network