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Malaysia Airlines: Rumors of emergency landing in Nanning, China fake?

Malaysia Airlines 747
Malaysia Airlines 747
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A Malaysia Airlines flight went missing on March 8 (international time) after departing Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. Two hours after the flight took off, all contact was lost with air traffic control. According to a Facebook post by Malaysia Airlines, next-of-kin are already being contacted although there has been no confirmation that the plane has crashed.

There have been some unconfirmed reports that the plane made an emergency landing in Nanning, China, and that all 239 passengers and crew members are okay. However, James Kallstrom -- the former assistant director of the FBI -- spoke with CNN and said that if the plane had landed, everyone would know about it by now -- there wouldn't be any "rumors."

Malaysia Airlines has been updating the public on this matter which has become dire. While it is possible that the pilot could have landed the flight with electrical problems, it would be very risky. Trying to land such a large plane at an airport that isn't expecting the arrival is very tricky.

The airline is not and will not confirm that the plane crashed until they are absolutely certain (the plane would need to be located). Based on what the public knows, the chances that flight MH370 had a safe landing are low -- but all hope is not lost. People have been praying for some positive news.

On the Malaysia Airlines flight there were 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777, 160 Chinese nationals, and two infants among the 239 passengers (via CNN). There was enough fuel for the plane to fly for about 7.5 hours and so it is believed that the plane is down -- one way or another.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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