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Malaysian Plane Carrying 239 People Reported Missing

Categories: East Asia, Malaysia, Breaking News, Disaster

Malaysian Airline. Flickr photo by planegeezer (CC License) [1]

Malaysian Airline. Flickr photo by planegeezer (CC License)

On Saturday 8th of March, news media around the world reported that a plane by Malaysia Airlines en route to China went missing. Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with air traffic controllers, with the airline and authorities being unable to locate the aircraft since. The flight was carrying 227 passengers and 12 cabin crew. 

According to The Guardian [2] newspaper, the aircraft lost radar contact in Vietnamese airspace. 

The airline has since posted several times on its Facebook page providing public updates about the situation, including a statement [3] by its CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya: 

We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. 

The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. 

Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today. 

Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing B777-200 aircraft.

The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 13 different nationalities. 

Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.

Another press release [4] by the airline identified the pilot as Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who has 18,365 flying hours under his belt. 

On Twitter, many have expressed concern and worry: 

The incident even prompted a response from the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, on Twitter:  

Reuters have now reported [15] that the plane crashed in the South China Sea, however no official announcement has been made at the time of writing.