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[Merged] Flight MH370 to Beijing goes missing

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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, Saturday.

In a statement issued by MAS, Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crewmembers.

Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for further information.

Link to full article : http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/08/Missing-plane-MAS/

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So based on the times supplied by the article - at this time the flight has been missing since approx 240am Malaysia time. As I type the time in Malaysia is 1021am - that is 8 hours missing.

I am praying for the souls on that flight and that there was an emergency landing in a remote area involved, otherwise this is shaping up to be a terrible tragedy.

Edited by libstaK
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God help them.

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It has now also been at least 4 hours since the plane would have run out of fuel. It is on the ground intact or crashed by now, the question is where?

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Has likely plunged into the ocean not on land.

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There are rumors that it went into the sea off Vietnam and that it dropped 200 metres before contact was lost.

Could a failure of some kind be behind this?

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:no: :no: :no:
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No sign of wreckage at this time, nothing was reported to officials

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Thanks for the update SW. I know there have been many fatal airline crashes over the years but for some reason this one has me feeling very sad. My heart is with the family and loved ones of those one board, I pray they find strength and comfort in each other to get through what is going to be a very difficult time for them all.

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According to the Daily Mail -

An air search for the Malaysian Airlines plane that vanished off the coast of Vietnam has been called off until daylight as it emerged two passengers were travelling using stolen passports.

http://www.dailymail...ne-missing.html

That part about the two travelers with stolen passports is unnerving.

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That part about the two travelers with stolen passports is unnerving.

Yes it is... but even if they highjacked the plane, etc, it wouldn't vanish from radar.

Maybe they made an emergency landing in the ocean when their electronics failed? That would explain why there was no SOS sent out by the crash beacons, etc? Or a vary localized EMP event?

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http://www.malaysiaa.../dark-site.html

Sepang, 8 March 2014: The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.

An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage.

The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.

For the passenger manifest of MH370, click here.

The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.

The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-

Nationality

Total

China/Taiwan

153 including infant/1

Malaysia

38

India

5

Indonesia

7

Australia

6

France

4

USA

3 including infant

New Zealand

2

Ukraine

2

Canada

2

Russian

1

Italy

1

Netherlands

1

Austrian

1

Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.

The public may contact +603 7884 1234.

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Saturday, March 08, 04:20 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 4th Media Statement

Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines is still unable to establish any contact or determine the whereabouts of flight MH370. Earlier today, Subang ATC had lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40am. The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).

We are still trying to locate the current location of the flight based on the last known position of the aircraft. We are working with the International search and rescue teams in trying to locate the aircraft. So far, we have not received any emergency signals or distress messages from MH370. We are working with authorities and assure that all sources are deployed to assist with the search and rescue mission.

The passenger manifest will not be released until all families of the passengers have been informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.

We are deploying our “Go Team” to Beijing which will depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 4.30pm with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.

The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.

Please take note that the earlier statement did not include the number of Indian nationals. This was due to confusion between the country code of Indonesia and India.

The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-

Nationality

Total

China/Taiwan

154 including infant

Malaysia

38

India

5

Indonesia

7

Australia

6

France

4

USA

3 including infant

New Zealand

2

Ukraine

2

Canada

2

Russian

1

Italy

1

Netherlands

1

Austrian

1

Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize our full support.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.

The public may contact +603 7884 1234.

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. There are many unvalidated reports out in the media and Malaysia Airlines strongly urges the media and the public at large to only report from official statements from Malaysia Airlines and the Government of Malaysia.

Edited by ironhead1

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one of the 2 stolen passports belonged to an italian national living in thailand who reported his passport lost months ago

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anyone remmeber the Air France flight from Brazil? I believe that one ran into a storm

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Terrorism, sever structural failure or possibly shot down by mistake. Given the region it could be anyone of them at the moment. So sad for the passengers and families.

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There are over 1000 of these planes (in various configurations) in service since 1995. There have been only three "hull loss" accidents over these 19 years, mostly during landing, and only a handful of fatalities. This is an enviable safety record.

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A Vietnamese search plane saw two possible oil slicks in the area, although there was no confirmation they were related to the disappearance.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-26496673

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No real answers can come until the debris is found.
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Posted (edited)

Here is what might have happen :

Missing Malaysia plane possibly 'disintegrated' mid-air.

Link to Full article : http://www.chicagotr...0,1515462.story

Edited by thedutchiedutch

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Posted (edited)

I'm linking to page 2 of a 3 page article here because it starts with the flight itinerary of the 2 people with the stolen passports. They were both going from Peking to Amsterdam, then splitting, one going to Copenhagen and one going to Frankfort. All the speculation is that these people were terrorist, but this is also an area infamous for it's drug trafficking. The fact that this plane may have been turning indicates to me more of a mechanical problem, maybe compounded by pilot error. Why would a terrorist detonating a bomb make the plane turn back? I would think it would just blow. Just thinking things through here. I'm going to wait until the wreckage is found to make a call on what happened. What Interpol is saying here is very scary though. Few countries check their database for info on stolen passports, so terrorist or drug runners have easy access to an anonymous means of travel. They do have pictures on CCTV from the airport in Malaysia of the 2 men who boarded the flight with the stolen passports.

http://abcnews.go.co...22834938?page=2

Edited by susieice

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