BBC News is reporting that Malaysian Airlines MH 370, a 777-200 with 227 passengers and 12 crew onboard traveling between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing has gone missing and contact lost.
The aircraft is now 6 hours overdue from Beijing and the airline has begun to contact families. Official news can be found via their website here.
According to the BBC article here :
The flight went missing two hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
China’s Xinhua state news agency said it was lost in airspace controlled by Vietnam.
The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers, the agency added.
MH has now released some details about the flight crew and break down of the passenger nationalities.
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 – 152 plus 1 infant
2. Malaysia – 38
3. Indonesia – 12
4. Australia – 7
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. Taiwan – 1
13. Netherlands – 1
14. Austria – 1
This flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines.
Update: New York Times is reporting that the plane has likely crashed at sea (read more here).
This horrible news was pointed out to me by a friend, who flew this exact flight to and from Kuala Lumpur and Beijing several days ago, so this news is extra surprising.
We hope that there turns out to be positive news in this rather dire-looking situation. Thoughts and prayers certainly go out to all the passengers and crew family and friends.