UPDATED – Malaysia Airways reports that they have lost all contact with flight MH370.
The Airline is now starting the process of notifying next of kin of passengers and crew.
Malaysia Air in a statement says, “We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today.
“Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing B777-200 aircraft. 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 13 different nationalities. Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the 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.
“Focus of the airline 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.”
Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269.
8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).
The flight went missing just over an hour into the flight. That is considered, by experts as the safest time in the flight. The B777-200 is rated as a safe airplane.
The company has a modern fleet, and a solid safety record. The average age of the airline’s fleet is 14 years old. The missing aircraft is eleven years old.
This is considered well in the safe zone for the B777-200.
The flight has gone missing on a journey from Malaysia to China.
Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for further info.
航空公司将会根据事件进展及时提供最新讯息。公众可以联络+603 7884 1234了解更多信息。