Malaysia Airlines B777-200 MH 370 bound for Beijing from KLIA is believed to be missing after two hours flight. The flight is carrying 2 flight crew, 10 cabin crew and 227 passengers went off the radar screen without any distress call.
Exact location has not been determined but the aircraft is believed to be off the coast of Semenanjung Malaysia and somewhere over the South China Sea closer to Vietnam.
It took off from KUL at 0041hrs and was expected to land in PEK at 0630hrs, which is an hour ago. All communications to contact MH370 failed. HKG air traffic controllers confirmed at 0530hrs that MH370 did not enter Hong Kong airspace. The air traffic controller in Subang delacred code red at 0530hrs. Search and rescue has been activated, to locate the missing aircraft believed in the South China Sea.
The commander of the missing aircraft with tail number 9M-MRO is believed to be Captain Zahari Ahmad Shah, 53. He is an experienced aviator.
08 March 2014| last updated at 08:54AM
Malaysia Airlines ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 people: carrierBy HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN | firstname.lastname@example.org
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KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today.
The plane was carrying a total number of 227 passengers including two infants and twelve crew members.
Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that the B777-200 aircraft had departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am today and was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.
“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the statement said.
The airline said they will provide regular updates on the situation.
Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for more information
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Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya’s media conference
This was AJ’s PC 40 mins ago;
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are deeply saddened this morning with the news on MH370.
Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today.
There has been speculation that the aircraft has landed at Nanming.
We are working to verify the authenticity of the report and others.
Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 amearlier this morning bound for Beijing.
The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time.
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 14 different nationalities – citizens from:-
1. China – 152 plus 1 infant
2. Malaysia – 38
3. Indonesia – 12
4. Australia – 7
5. France – 3
6. United States of America – 3 pax plus 1 infant
7. New Zealand – 2
8. Ukraine – 2
9. Canada – 2
10. Russia – 1
11. Italy – 1
12. Taiwan – 1
13. Netherlands – 1
14. Austria – 1
This flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines.
We are working with 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.
The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981.
First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.
The public may contact +603 7884 1234.
For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.
Please also log on towww.malaysiaairlines.com for updates.
Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269
In his media conference at 1430hrs Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed these points:
1. After consulting Chief of Defense Forces, Chief of the Navy and Chief of the Air Force this morning, Malaysian Armed Forces would be deployed in the area where the aircraft at the last known position which is 065515N, 103443E
2. Operation Command Centre headed by DCA Chief Dato Azharuddin Abdul Rahman would co-ordinate all search and rescue operations. OCC would update the media every two hourly.
3. The OCC and all Malaysian Government agencies involved in the operation are working very closely with relevant agencies and governments of Vietnam, The Phillipines and China, through their embassies and foreign offices on the operation to locate, search and rescue of the missing aircraft and if there are any survivors
4. Confirmed that the earlier stories about the ‘Landing at Nanming’ and ‘Debris at an island off the coast of Vietnam’ are not true and cannot be validated
The Minister also added the since the DCA and National Security Council denied the report about debris seen nearer to the Vietnam coast, he has asked the Chief of Navy to work closely with the Vietnamese Navy of the search and rescue.
“Our C130s and EC725s already started the search and rescue operations. All RMN vessels in the vicinity have also joined the operation”.
He also reminded that public shouldn’t be reckless and over-eager in spreading unconfirmed reports or stories as it would complicate the situation further.
“We will be transparent with this operation. Please liaise with the OCC, which would update the media every two hourly”.
Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Head of Engineering Azahari Mohd. Dahlan, DG of DCA Dato’ Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, National Security Council Secretary Dato’ Mohd. Thajuddeen Abdul Wahab and Malaysia Airports Bhd. Director of Operations for KL Dato’ Azmi Murad were present at the Transport Minister’s Press Conference.
“Our sympathies are with the families of passengers and crew of the missing MH370. We would do our best to help them”.
Ahmad Jauhari said an emergency respond team has been activated and the moment are engaging all the family members. Most affected families have been contacted and they have started to come to Main Terminal Building KLIA.
“We would send an aircraft with some of these team very soon, to faciliate all necessary efforts in the operations”.