Published on : Saturday, March 8, 2014
In a catastrophic plane crash of a Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines is feared to claim 239 lives onboard. According to the latest reports from the Vietnamese media and a senior naval officer, the Malaysia Airlines flight MH37o crashed in the South China Sea on Saturday.
Although the reports are yet to be confirmed, this would mark the most deadliest crash since its entry in the airline industry 19 years ago.
Malaysia and Vietnam were conducting a joint search and rescue, he said but gave no details. China has also sent two maritime rescue ships to the South China Sea to help in any rescue, state television said on one of its microblogs.
Boeing: “Boeing offers its deepest concern to the families of those aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Boeing is assembling a team to provide technical assistance to investigating authorities.”
Malaysia Airlines: “We regret to announce that Subang Traffic Control lost contact with flight MH370 at 2:40 am today.
We are currently working with international authorities on the search and rescue mission and as at 1400 hours, 08 March 2014, we have no information on the location of the airline.
MH370 is a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on a code share with China Southern Airlines.. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am today for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. The flight had a total number of 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The passengers were from 14 different countries, most of whom are from China.
Our team is currently calling family members of passengers to keep them updated on the situation and our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and the authorities. We are sending a MH team to support the families of passengers at Beijing. The airline will continue to publish regular updates on the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all passengers, our crew and their family members.”
According to the passenger figures announced by Malaysia Airlines, the number of passengers onboard from various nationalities were:
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 / Taiwan – 152, 1 infant / 1
2. Malaysia – 38
3. Indonesia – 7
4. Australia – 6
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. India – 5
13. Netherlands – 1
14. Austria – 1