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Malaysia airlines flight carrying 239 people crashed into the sea – unconfirmed reports

Published time: March 08, 2014 00:34
Edited time: March 08, 2014 12:48
A man takes pictures of a flight information board displaying the Scheduled Time of Arrival (STA) of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (top, in red) at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, March 8, 2014. (Reuters / Kim Kyung Hoon)

A man takes pictures of a flight information board displaying the Scheduled Time of Arrival (STA) of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (top, in red) at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, March 8, 2014. (Reuters / Kim Kyung Hoon)

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 people crashed into the sea, reports Vietnamese state media citing a Navy official. The craft disappeared from radars early on Saturday morning over Vietnamese airspace.

Vietnamese Air Force planes have spotted two oil slicks which they suspect may have come from the missing airplane, AP reported. The Air Force said the slicks were discovered off the southern tip of Vietnam and resemble the kind of trail left by fuel from a jetliner.

Earlier Vietnamese state media said the plane came down close to Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, however these reports have not yet been confirmed by Malaysia Airlines who still describe the flight as "missing". At a press conference in Beijing, representatives from Malaysia Airlines said no wreckage has yet been found and they have deployed boats and helicopters in the area to verify reports from the Vietnamese Navy.

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).

Despite local news reports, Vietnamese and Malaysian rescue crews have not located the plane’s signal, but Hanoi believes the craft disappeared in Vietnamese airspace.

The flight was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members, the airline said in a statement.

"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, seven Indonesians, seven Australians, five Indians, four Americans, and one Russian, among others.

“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 with air traffic controllers was 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said on Saturday. The pilot of the flight was 53-year-old Malaysian national Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah who has logged a total of 18,365 flying hours and has been working for Malaysian airlines since 1981.

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.

The flight was a codeshare with China Southern Airlines.

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

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

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)

Comments (142)

 

mergon 07.06.2014 08:35

this is 2014 they have domestic and military radars then they have satellite tracker radars ,they have sea born horizon radars . now they tell us that it not possible to to come up with an a to b flight history ?

Perhaps someone should ask if a scalar beam was emitting an energy spike ?

 

william 11.03.2014 11:00

Latest News as from the 11/03/2014
Two fishermen have seen a aircraft flying low
off the coast of Kuala Besar which is near the Thai, Malaysia border, at the time the Malaysia plane disappeared. I have checked the area and I think this plane was hijaked.
There is a old air field near Yala in southern Thailand called Tha Sap, this is a good place to bring in a plane at night. Mostly Muslim area where the militants are located. Hope some one follows up this info. Thanks.

 

Rostislav Babiak 10.03.2014 15:24

[quote name='rdider' time='08.03.2014 17:04']

Wh y so much US hate? If it wasn't for the US, you would be carving on rocks rather than typing on a computer, an original US invention.
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The first computer was invented by an American physicist named John Vincent Atanasoff who was the son of a Bulgarian - Belgian father and Irish mum. In other words both parents were immigrant parents. Also the turn of the 20th century was a time when the US was a country to be proud of - before it became the playground of the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about as he left office.

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