Malaysia Airlines 777 en Route to Beijing Disappears/Crashes with 239 People on Board – UPDATE 9

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (file)

Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board.

The airline said in a statement that flight MH370 disappeared at 02:40 local time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday).

It was expected to land in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT).

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the carrier said.

The flight was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26492748

Airnation.net has been told by a reliable source connected with Malaysia Airlines that the plane has gone down and crashed.


UPDATE:

State news agency Xinhua reported radar contact with the flight was lost while it was in Vietnamese airspace.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS370/history/20140307/1635Z/WMKK/ZBAA


UPDATE 2:

Reports suggest Malaysia Flight 370 veered off course and dropped altitude before disappearing from radar suddenly.


UPDATE 3:

The 227 passengers on board consist of people from 13 nations, including 3 Americans.


UPDATE 4:

Vietnam Detects Signals from Missing Malaysian 777 Plane

Vietnamese media reported that authorities have detected signals from a missing Malaysia Airlines flight off the southwestern coast of Vietnam on Saturday, hours after the flight went missing during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Website VN Express said a Vietnamese search and rescue official reported that the signals were detected from about 120 nautical miles (140 miles; 225 kilometers) southwest of Vietnam’s southernmost Ca Mau province.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact early Saturday morning over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.


UPDATE 5:

Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island.

SOURCE


UPDATE 6:

Terrorism a Strong Possibility in Disappearance/Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

A terrorist act looms as a strong possibility in the disappearance and apparent crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Multiple reports say two Europeans listed on the passenger manifest were not aboard and may have had their passports stolen.

Vietnamese military aircraft participating in a search-and-rescue operation for the Boeing 777, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, had spotted two oil slicks in the waters off southern Vietnam, the Associated Press reported.

The government said the slicks were each six miles to nine miles long and were consistent with the type that would be left by fuel from a crashed jetliner, the AP said.


UPDATE 7:

The mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (disappearance?) (crash?) deepens…

Rahman said that the search area has been increased to 50 nautical miles, from 20, and includes 34 aircraft and 40 ships. Aircraft are conducting 12-hour searches, until sundown, while ships continue the search through the night.

Earlier, Malaysia’s air force chief told reporters that military radar indicated that the plane may have turned from its flight route before losing contact.

Air force chief Rodzali Daud didn’t say which direction the plane might have taken when it apparently went off route.

“We are trying to make sense of this,” he told a media conference. “The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back and in some parts, this was corroborated by civilian radar.”

Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots were supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does start to return. “From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled,” he said.

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UPDATE 8:

Searchers Report Spotting Possible Malaysia Flight 370 Plane Debris


UPDATE 9:

Interpol Says Malaysia 777 Disappearance Likely NOT Terrorism

Comments

  1. says

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kualar Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing China have crashed and nobody knows if it’s shot down by missile, pilot error or another evidence but now it’s currently under investigation about what have happened to all 239 people on board, now everyone was afraid of flying an airplanes and it’s NOT safe to fly at all.

    • Ben says

      While this is very tragic news and our hearts go out to the families of those onboard this MY flight, there are literally thousands of flights daily with very few crashes so it is an exaggeration to say it is no longer safe to fly!

    • Jim says

      Suggest you stay in your home, then… you’re HUNDREDS of times more likely to be killed in your car than on an airliner…

  2. William says

    I wonder what’s going on. If this crashed It would be the first in flight crash of the 777. Makes me wonder is maybe this is a terrorist attack because the 777 never has crashed or lost radio contact in mid flight before this flight. Anyways my prayers are with the crew and passangers.

      • William says

        This is my only question if it has crashed where is the emergency beacon and why is it not going off

        • RalphF says

          If it crashed in the ocean there won’t be any emergency signal to pick up…the fact there is no signal to pick up is a strong indicator that it did crash into the ocean…

          • William says

            That’s correct to a point they will still have the emergency beacons on the Black boxes. However those won’t transmit it’s position. But the first reports were it crashed over land so that’s what my question was directed at.

            • RalphF says

              >However those won’t transmit it’s position

              Huh? Why wouldn’t an emergency locator beacon NOT transmit a position signal? Isn’t that what it’s supposed to do?

              If they don’t transmit a POSITION signal (as you are saying) then what and why do they transmit?

              • Bob says

                Hi these devices are called “Pingers” or
                Emergency Locators – guess what that implies ? I am a retied Air craft Mechanic (40 yrs) and my recall of these things (I changed them quite often)were that they were designed to activate if submerged in water (assuming the batt is good).
                I would say that most comments here have some merit – those that think flying is safe are correct if you are just thinking about normal flights – but- bring in terrorist activities and the equation becomes more like Russian Roulette , I think it now depends on how often you pull the trigger.

                • Terence Clark says

                  Terrorists have been hijacking and blowing up planes for over half a century. It does add a slight amount of extra risk, but even with those attacks factored in, air travel is statistically very safe. Hijackings and bombings are themselves a small number of total air accidents, and a minuscule fraction of total flights.

                • George says

                  In a military acft from my days (80s). the acft I worked on only had one “pinger” or Emergency Locator beacon. So a good battery was imperative. The much larger acft had more than one and so do all modern passenger acft. Especially those that make transoceanic flights. So the acft going down Should have sent them pinging. The problem comes when how deep the Sea is where it went down. Deeper, fainter. And I believe that around 30 days they run out.

  3. Terence says

    So the headline says “crashed” but nothing in the article content mentions a crash or anything other than the loss of contact other sites are reporting. Is there something missing in the article body or is this a matter of a severely unfortunate titling error?

      • William says

        The reports I’m seeing is it would not have any fuel on board as of now so it won’t be still flying. However I am getting sketchy rumors it has crashed over land but they have no clue where. My thought is it has a emergency beacon why is it not going off. I also heard reports of it landing as Nahana airport or something close to that name with all of the cockpit instruments failed. I am hoping for the best and my heart goes out to the families if the crew and passengers as we’ll as them self.

        • Terence says

          The VP of the company recently came out with a statement that none of the rumors about the flight landing or crashing are true and that they are currently unaware of where it is. That was a little while back, though, and news on this one will move quickly, I’m sure.

          • Ben says

            I am not an expert so have no idea but have also read reports it would have run out of fuel by now. Also, reports that it safely landed are false. For the sake of the families, I will remain positive. Perhaps comms system and beacons failed but then would that affect its ability to land safely? Fingers crossed.

      • RalphF says

        No, the alternative is that it landed somewhere else (hijacking scenario)…it only carried enough fuel to fly until 6:30 AM local time…

  4. Lee Ferrara says

    Malaysia Airlines has known almost the whole time what happened to 370. They probably didn’t want to say because they also knew the plane likely blew up due to terrorism. Either way, it’s awful.

  5. David says

    Malaysia’s civil aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur the search area had been expanded, to include the west coast of Malaysia.

    Five passengers booked on the flight did not board, he added. Their luggage was consequently removed.
    I hope they did really remove these bags.

  6. Bandula Jayawardene says

    I am so sorry to hear the news of Malaysian 777 aircraft is missing and still the authorities are searching for the missing aircraft. I read all the comments and the sad part is that an aircraft with 239 on board are not traceable. The reasons for the disappearance are not established yet. Is it a terrorist act? My prayers are with all 239 on board. Bandula Jayawardene

  7. George says

    If it crashed on land there would be a plenty large enough debris field to see from the air, plus a large,long lasting high column of smoke to lead to the debris field for a couple days. If it crashed over or in the water the amount of clothes, shoes, plastic food containers, from all the busted up baggage and stowage compartments(carry-on and below),would be bobbing around a large area and would be spreading hourly by the currents. nothing is going to be able to pull every last piece of anything, right up to the last sock, under water and hold it all there. And if there was an explosion while cruising, Again, not everything down to the last sock is going to turn to dust or blow around on air currents for 100’s of miles. So if you take away those two things, what do you have left?

    • RalphF says

      What you would have left is that it landed…but where and why? And almost everyone on board would have their cell phones (unless they were taken away by force) and would be calling home to tell loved ones what happened…I agree with your statements and the ‘what do you have left’ question…but it doesn’t seem that the plane just landed somewhere else no one has hear from any of the passengers yet…??? I’ll agree it’s a big puzzle at this point…

  8. says

    Here we go again! Let the reader beware! This article is dated 3/7/2014. Its latest update is dated 3/11/2014. The current date, when the original has been republished, is 3/19/2014. All of this is very stale. The author of this article, VP Lee Ferrara, does not seem to understand or appreciate the commonly used term in the media world – “stale news”. If nothing else, just the title of the article would have the tendency to needlessly alarm readers, that a calamitous event has just happened! It is not until the readers delve into the body of the article, that it suddenly dawns upon them that this is ‘old news’!

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