Update: The Malaysia Airlines plane that was reported missing several hours ago is now reported to have crashed in the ocean. The Malaysia Airlines plane flight was on its way to Beijing a few hours before it was discovered that it had gone missing since it left Malaysia, according to a a Yahoo! News report on Friday evening – United States time. By late evening, the tragic news was that a Vietnam daily media source, Tuoi Tre, had confirmation from the Vietnamese Navy that the plane had crashed.
The plane left Kuala Lumpur International Airport just after midnight on Friday night-Saturday morning, Malaysian time. The airport’s air traffic controller completely lost contact with the passenger plane approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes later, said an official of the Malaysia Airline. Again, the plane never arrived.
The media has reportedly been kept from a special holding area for the families of passengers and crew members of the flight at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, a politician in that part of the world, is being severely criticized for sending a social media message on Twitter which was considered insensitive. His message was about a “new Bermuda triangle.”
Official had said earlier that the airline had organized a team to help locate the missing plane. Malaysia Airlines released a statement about the incident stating that 227 passengers including two infants and a flight crew of 12 were on the flight – Flight 370. Additionally, Flight 370 from Malaysia to Beijing was scheduled to land at 6:30 a.m.
Currently, Malaysia Airlines is saying that Malaysian authorities are working with the Vietnamese government regarding the tragic occurrence.
The updated information from Malaysia states that there were 239 passengers and crew members on the flight including 2 infants. The persons were of 14 different countries. At this time, there were known to be 152 persons plus 1 infant from China, 38 from Malaysia, 12 from Indonesia, 7 from Australia, 3 from France, 3 from the United States plus 1 infant, 2 from Canada as well as New Zealand and Ukraine, and 1 from the following countries: Austria, Italy, Netherland, Russia, and Taiwan.
The most recent update on the story from Vietnam via VN Express – which is Vietnam’s largest news site – is that a signal of the missing plane was found 12 miles southwest of Ca Mau cape which is the southern-most part of Vietnam.
The pilot was 53-year-old Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah from Malaysia. He had flown a total of 18,365 hours and had been with the Malaysia Airlines since 1981.