MH 370 missing

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with Rolls Royce Trent 892 engines, acquired from 1997

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with Rolls Royce Trent 892 engines, acquired from 1997

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.

*Updated 0900hrs

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08 March 2014| last updated at 08:54AM

Malaysia Airlines ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 people: carrier

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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

Read more: Malaysia Airlines ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 people: carrier – Latest – New Straits Times


*Updated 1130hrs

Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya’s media conference

This was AJ’s PC 40 mins ago;

MH370 Incident

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 for updates.

Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269


*Updated 1430hrs

Transport Minister Dato' Seri Hishamuddin Hussein giving a media conference at the  media centre in Sama Sama

Transport Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein giving a media conference at the media centre in Sama Sama. Together with him are Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, DG DCA Dato’ Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman and Security of National Security Council Dato’ Mohd. Thajudden Abdul Wahab

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”.

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  1. Hope nothing serious happen. Otherwise this is another big blow to MAS and AA is going to fly higher.

    • Don’t connect it to AA, man. An accident is an accident.

      Why don’t you say some prayers for the plane and those on board?

      Ya Allah, selamatkan mereka semua. Tak kira Muslim ke tidak.

    • One reason why I have developed total contempt for opposition supporters and dissafected Malaysians is the shallowness of their thinking which places hatred for MAS over loss of lives of 227 people.

      I’m glad I voted for independents in the last elections.

      God bless their souls.

  2. The MAS 777 lost contact two hours into the flight, which would place it approximately along the arch between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City or out in the South China Sea if its flight path took it over water off the coast of Vietnam.

    This is very serious and the sudden loss of contact could point to sabotage (a bomb) or some sudden rupture of the fuselage due to in-flight decompression due to structural failure or negligence, perhaps due to an improperly closed cargo hold door.

    Structural failure plagued the British Comet jet airliners, the world’s first, with two sudden fuselage breakups in the air in 1954 with loss of all passengers.

    The cabins of modern jet airliners today are pressurised or passengers would die when it’s flying at typical crusing altitudes (heights) of say 10,000 to 12,000 metres at which jet airliners fly today and this constant pressurisation when flying and non pressurisation when on the ground causes the fuselage skin to stretch a bit, like a balloon in flight and return to normal on the ground.

    In the case of the Comet, this repeated pressurisation/non-pressurisation cycle eventually caused the metal fuselage skin to tear at altitude and pop like a balloon when pricked.

    Lessons from the in-flight rupture of the Comet fuselage due to cabin pressure were resolved with the American Boeing 707 and later jet airliners, and certainly with the Boeng 777.

    This would point to some other cause of in-flight explosion which would explain the sudden loss of contact.

    If it was engine failure, fire, or something else, the pilot would have had time to radio distress but in this case, the pilot apparently had no time.

  3. The embedded video in this CNN report shows that the aircraft’s flight path took it mostly over land, besides a bit over water over the Gulf of Siam.

    Xinhua News Agency reports that the aircraft was within Vietnam radar control at the time.

    Based upon two hours flight time for a modern jet airliner, the aircraft would be somewhere close to the arc between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City and if it went down over land, the wreckage would most probably be in the jungle or fields, or if it went down over water, in the Gulf of Siam just off the coasts of Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam.

    I stick by my belief that the sudden loss of contact is due to a powerful explosion onboard, a missile strike or less likely sudden rupture of the fuselage due to structural failure (which has never happened with matured designs such as the Boeing 777).

    Since the Comet crashes in 1954 due to fuselage rupture, subsequent cases was the fuselage rupture in-flight of an Aloha Airways Boeing 737 which managed to land safely with all passengers.

    After a lengthy investigation, the July 1996 mid-flight exposion of the Trans World Airways (TWA) Flight 800 was attributed to an explosion in its fuel tank which tore the plane apart over the Atlantic Ocean off New York.

    • A missile strike? Who on earth would want to shoot a missile on an innocent MAS flight?

      Not conceivable that MAS crew is spying on anybody from the air like the Korean Airline crew was thought to have done and got shot down the seas many years ago. Despite the Chinese People’s Liberation Army menacing in the South China Seas flexing their muscle concerning the claims on the islands by Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, etc.

      Far fetched to think it might be a provocation to create an incident leading to an armed conflict. If any one wants that kind of action, they should do it in the Crimea, then they can see all sorts of missiles raining upon them by the Ukrainian, Russian, American and God knows what other Armed Forces.

      Chinese military exercise in the area and a poorly guided missile did the job? Well, we’d better not speculate along that line. Menteri Amaran Hishamuddin said not to speculate, keep calm and wait for his announcement. Anyone seen it pls alert us here, txs.

      • Waaa, the press conference by Hshamuddin revealed 2 Ukranians and 1 Russian on board.

        In view of the Russian and Ukranian standoff in the Crimea, could the crash be related to it?

        That’s asking, not speculating, and in any case it’s is not damaging to Malaysia, is it?

      • I was only listing all possible explanations for sudden loss of contact and aircraft disappearance from a purely technical perspective. I have been very interested in aircraft since I was in school.

        A missile strike could be accidental, as happened in the case of the missile, fired by guided missile cruiser, the USS Vincennes, at the Iran Air Airbus Flight 655 in July 1988 which had just taken off from Bandar Abbas.

        The ship’s radar-controlled missile system mistook the Airbus as an attacking military fighter and Captain Rogers, the Commanding Officer of Vincennes ordered to fire two SM-2ER antiaircraft missiles at the assumed F-14 fighter jet and killing all 290 people on board.

        There also are conflicting news reports about this plane being found.

        Yahoo! News reports that Vietnam Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5 saidthat military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island.–says-airline-023820132.html

        Then The Star reports says the Vietnam military has refuted this: “Pham Hien, director of the Vietnam’s maritime search and rescue coordination centre zone 3, told Xinhua Saturday that the information that the signal of the plane has been detected at some 120 nautical miles southwest of Vietnam’s southernmost Ca Mau province is incorrect. ”

        The bottom line though is that this plane has not landed safely anywhere yet, long past when its fuel would have run out and so far it still has not been located anywhere either.

        Meanwhile, this The Star report backs up what I have said about sudden loss of contact.

        “Whatever happened to MH370, the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, it must have been extremely sudden because pilots have several ways of calling for help, said retired pilot Capt Lim Khoy Hing.”

        If one communication channel had gone down, the pilot would have had other channels to inform ground control that the aircraft had problems but here, he clearly had no time.

        Something pretty catastrophic must have happened on that aircraft for contact to be suddenly lost.

      • Hello brother,

        I think we shouldnt doubt the competency the Malaysia Airports security. Its too soon to speculate what, why and how.

        Its the time we focus on the missing aircraft with 239 souls. We all should come together as a nation and help the families and love ones of the 227 passengers and 12 crew.

        God help them and those who are busy looking for them.

      • Not speculating, bro, only asking – read the caveats repeatedly said in the comments.

        So long as not pointing an accusing finger, it’s ok to discuss the missing plane. It may help readers understand all the possibilities, and may sooth the feelings of some. Note that not hearing anything also made some of those waiting at Beijing airport lose their cool. No doubt, the views that might help the Search and Rescue teams and the investigators will come from the experts.

        Yes, indeed, pray for those on board and say words of hope and encouragement, and, if and when relevant, express words of condolence to those who may lose their loved ones – hope not, but the Vietnamese said they just saw from the air signs of oil spill and debris in the seas, though our PM has just said it’s too early to tell if that points to the MAS airplane wreckage.

      • CNN just reported the Malaysian authorities saying they are not ruling out anything – including terrorism.

  4. The Aircrafts engine has been overhauled by SR Technics And because this company has a real safety issue to do expanding and grow to fast and lack of employee treatment.

    • If there had been any engine trouble, the pilot would have had time to radio his problem and ground control would know. Here the plane simply disappeared off the radar, which suggests a sudden catastrophy had occured on the plane, such as a fuel explosion or an explosive device which brought the plane down. An example would be Flight TWA 800 – a Boeing 747 which fell into the sea off New York due to an explosion in the fuel tank.

      It’s already dark and search & rescue have not even spotted any debris which could be from the plane had it crashed.

  5. No harm to talk about the missing plane as everybody is doing it the world over.

    Here’s what appeared in New York Times –

    Boeing said in a statement that it was assembling a team of technical experts to advise the national authorities investigating the disappearance of the aircraft.

    One uncertainty about the flight involved when it disappeared from radar and how quickly the search began in the Gulf of Thailand. Malaysia Airlines said that the plane took off at 12:41 a.m. Malaysia time, and that the plane disappeared from air traffic control radar in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, at 2:40 a.m.

    That timeline seemed to suggest that the plane stayed in the air for two hours — long enough to fly not only across the Gulf of Thailand but also far north across Vietnam. But Mr. Lindahl of Flightradar 24 said that the last radar contact had been at 1:19 a.m., less than 40 minutes after the flight began.

    A Malaysia Airlines spokesman said on Saturday evening that the last conversation between the flight crew and air traffic control in Malaysia had been around 1:30 a.m., but he reiterated that the plane had not disappeared from air traffic control systems in Subang until 2:40 a.m.

  6. A test of Malaysia’s handling of a major crisis. What struck me as out of place is PM holding a press conference on the missing plane and answering questions. Why he? Briefings should be by experts on avionics and aviation , by related Msian agencies and by reps of agencies doing search and rescue operations.
    No matter how optimistic Msia wants it to be, a plane missing for almost 24 hrs surely doesnt look good and chances are that it might have gone down most likely in the Gulf of Thailand or South China Sea. Dont expect to see large wreckage coz these wont float. Debris scattered for miles maybe. These evidence of a crash is what I reckon SAR ops are looking for. For as long as the authorities dont take a definitive stand on the fate of the plane after it has gone missing for more than 24 hrs , speculations will continue to surface in all forms of media. Malaysia should have set up a briefing team to update media and public say on an hourly basis. We dont need PM or Ministers appearing in press conferences. We need experts and people who know about issues such as this. Dont be too bureaucratic. Let the people who are relevant to this issue do briefings and answer questions.

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