Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is lost. Bound for Beijing, the plane lost contact with the Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 A.M today.
Malaysia Airlines is confirming that it has lost contact of a plane traveling form Kuala Lumpur to China. Flight MH370, a code share with China Southern Airlines, is operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
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It left the Kuala Lumpur airport at exactly 12:41 A.M on Saturday for Beijing, China. It was scheduled to arrive at the Beijing International Airport at 6:30 A.M, Beijing time.
Malaysia Airlines issued a statement earlier today at 7:24 A.M., saying that the Air Traffic Control in Subang lost contact of the plane at 2:40 A.M. On its third media statement issued around 10:30 A.M., the flag carrier of Malaysia said that there are speculations that the aircraft landed in Nanming, a district of Guizhou, China.
Flight MH370 is carrying 239 people. On board are 227 passengers and 12 crew members. Flying the Boeing 777-200 is 53-year old Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah. He is a Malaysian with a total of 18,365 flying hours. He joined the carrier in 1981. Ahmad Shah is joined by first officer Fariq Ab.Hamid. Fariq, 27 years of age, is also a Malaysian, and has a total of 2,763 flying hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
A search and rescue team has already been deployed. Malaysia Airlines said that there are 14 different nationalities on the flight. The details are as follows:
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