Update On Flight MH370 That Went Missing
Sunday, March 09, 02:00 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident
Sepang, 9 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines humbly asks all Malaysians and people around the world to pray for flight MH370.
It has been more than 24 hours since we last heard from MH370 at 1.30 am. The search and rescue team is yet to determine the whereabouts of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
An international search and rescue mission from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam was mobilized this morning. At this stage, they have failed to find evidence of any wreckage. The sea mission will continue overnight while the air mission will recommence at daylight.
We are dispatching all information as and when we receive it. The situation in Beijing is also being monitored closely. As many families of passengers are in China, we have deployed our “Go Team” to Beijing with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.
Immediate families of passengers are advised to gather at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Travel arrangements and expenses will be borne by Malaysia Airlines. Once, the whereabouts of the aircraft is determined, Malaysia Airlines will fly members of the family to the location.
Our sole priority now is to provide all assistance to the families of the passengers and our staff. We are also working closely with the concerned authorities in the search and rescue operation
What we do know is:
- Search and rescue personnel have found a 12 mile oil slick, but no wreckage. The oil was found about 90 miles south of Tho Chu Island
- 2 passports that were stolen, were used on the flight. Investigators are not ruling out any possibilities right now, including terrorism
- Boeing 777-200
- Flight MH370, The Boeing 777-200ER departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. Saturday in good weather, and it was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip
- 227 passengers and 12 crew members
- Air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with the plane about 2:40 a.m., about two hours after it took off
- Was approx 2 hours into the flight, and was leveled off at 35,000 feet when they lost contact with the aircraft
Sources: Cnn, Flightaware, Yahoo