Saturday, 8 March 2014

Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people goes missing

Authorities are searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 bound for Beijing after air traffic controllers lost contact with theairliner carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members early Saturday morning, the airline said.
Malaysia Airlines said flight MH370 lost touch with Subang Air Traffic Control around 02:40 local time Saturday morning.

The aircraft left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 and was expected to land in Beijing at 06:30 local time (22:30 GMT).
"The flight was carrying 227 passengers (including two infants), 12 crew members," the airline said in astatement.
"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft," the airline added.
There were 14 nationalities represented among the 227 passengers, according to airline officials. Passengers include 153 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, seven Australians, four Americans, and one Russian, among others.
A woman (C), believed to be the relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, covers her face as she cries at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing March 8, 2014. (Reuters / Kim Kyung Hoon)
A woman (C), believed to be the relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, covers her face as she cries at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing March 8, 2014. (Reuters / Kim Kyung Hoon)

“Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew,” Malaysia Airlines said in a further statement.“Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support.”
The last contact the plane had was reportedly in Vietnamese airspace.
China is assisting Malaysia Airlines with the search for the plane, Chinese state television reported.

"We are very worried after learning the news. We are trying to get in touch with relevant parties to check it out," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in statement.
Prior to July 2013's deadly crash of an Asiana Airlines 777 in San Francisco, the aircraft had been one of only a few long-range jets built by Boeing and Airbus to have never recorded a fatality.
The 777 first flew in 1994, and was introduced into commercial service in 1995. Boeing had delivered 1,100 of the aircraft around the world as of last year.
"We're closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370," Boeing tweeted. "Our thoughts are with everyone on board."
Image from flightaware.com
Image from flightaware.com




File photo. Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 (Image from wikipedia.org)
File photo. Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 (Image from wikipedia.org)