Malaysia Airlines plane lost

Mar 7 2014, 10:37pm CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Malaysia Airlines plane lost
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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.

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

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