HANOI 8 Mac - Pesawat Malaysia Airlines (MAS) yang membawa 227 penumpang dan 12 krew dilaporkan terhempas ke dalam laut iaitu 246 kilometer dari luar pantai pulau Tho Chu di Vietnam.
``Buat masa ini, tidak ada bot-bot tentera laut Vietnam di kawasan itu, oleh itu kami meminta bot dari pada pulau Phu Quoc supaya bersedia untuk operasi menyelamat, kata Laksamana Ngo Van Phat kepada portal berita Tuoi Tre.
Pulau Tho Chu dan Phu Quoc terletak barat daya di selatan Vietnam.
Bagaimanapun, pegawai itu gagal dihubungi menggunakan telefon dan tidak dapat dipastikan bagaimana beliau tahu di mana pesawat MH370 itu terhempas dan bangkai kapal berada. - REUTERS
A Malaysia Airlines plane en route to China that went missing on Saturday morning with 239 people on board was found crashing off Vietnam’s southern island, a senior navy official has confirmed.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Rear Admiral Ngo Van Phat, political commissar of the Fifth Naval Region as saying that they detected the ill-fated airplane some 153 nautical miles (300 kilometers) from Tho Chu Island. The island is located 55 nautical miles (102 km) southwest of the famous resort island of Phu Quoc.
The sea water is located between Vietnam and Malaysia.
Phat said Vietnamese officials are ready for a rescue mission once they receive orders from related agencies.
According to Malaysia Airlines’ statement, air traffic controllers lost contact with the Boeing B777-200 aircraft (flight MH 370) more than two hours after it departed.
The plane departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:21 a.m. Saturday (1621 GMT Friday) and was scheduled for landing in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. (2230 GMT) the same day.
Chinese news agency Xinhua reported the plane’s radar contact was lost when it was in the Vietnamese airspace.
However, Lai Xuan Thanh, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, told Thanh Nien that the plane was supposed to be present in Ho Chi Minh City’s flight information region (FIR) at 12:21 a.m. Saturday (1721 GMT Friday).
But, at the time Vietnam could not contact with the aircraft, he said.
The airplane was carrying 227 passengers with 14 nationalities and 12 crew members, including 152 Chinese nationals.
UPDATE [2:06pm]: Members of the media have been barred from entering a special holding area for families of passegers and crew of flight MH370 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Meanwhile, politician Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is being slammed for an insensitive tweet about a 'new Bermuda triangle'.
UPDATE [12:37]: 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.
When contacted, Malaysia Airlines declined to confirm or deny the reports, saying that the Malaysian authorities are working together with the Vietnamese government on the matter.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that China has dispatched two maritime rescue ships to help locate the missing plane.
UPDATE [12:01]: Altogether, 239 passengers & crew, from 14 different nationalities, including two infants. Passengers were 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
The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365 hours.
He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981. First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
UPDATE [11:32am]: VN Express, Vietnam's largest news site, reports that Vietnam Emergency Rescue Center just announced it has found signal of the missing plane at 9.50am 120 miles South West of Ca Mau cape, the Southern-most point of Vietnam.
The signal is believed to be the ELT (Emergency Locator Transmittor) , which can be activated manually by the flight crew or automatically upon impact.
A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China has gone missing, the airline said.
Earlier this morning, MAS confirmed that flight MH370 had lost contact with the Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am today (March 8th, 2014)
Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am and 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 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
Speaking on CNN's AC360, MAS Operations Control Vice President Fuad Sharuji said they 'have no idea where the aircraft is right now'.
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"We tried to call this aircraft through various means," he was quoted as saying. Sharuji told CNN that the aircraft was carrying 7.5 hours of fuel at the time of its disappearance (2.40am).
CNN also spoke to retired American Airlines Capt. Jim Tilmon who said the route taken by the aircraft had plenty of antennae, radar and radios for contact and that the plane was 'as sophisticated as any commercial airplane could possibly be with an excellent safety record'.
As some people have pointed out in the comments, the reported
location of plane’s last signal in that AP story contradicts the earlier
post pointing to Flightglobal, which suggested the plane would have
been off the east coast of Vietnam about two hours into the flight. At
this stage we can’t confirm which is correct.
Here is the report via Yahoo Singapore
referring to the Vietnamese navy’s claim that its military radar
recorded the plane crashing into the sea. Stressing again that this is
an unconfirmed report and the airline has not commented on it.
Associated Press is also reporting named Vietnamese officals pinpointing
more exactly where the last signal from the plane came from:
Hien, a Vietnamese search and rescue official, said that the signal was
detected 120 nautical miles southwest of Vietnam’s southernmost Ca Mau
province. Lai Xuan Thanh, director of Vietnam’s civil aviation
authority, said that the plane was over the sea and bound for Vietnamese
airspace but air traffic officials in the country were never able to
More from Tania Branigan in Beijing: China’s state media CCTV news
says the country has dispatched two ships to assist with the search and
rescue operation in the South China Sea.
Nationalities of those on board
Just to recap on the details given earlier by the airline. Here are
the number of passengers from each country believed to make up the 227
on board: China: 153 Malaysia: 38 Indonesia: 12 Australia: 7 US: 4 France: 3 New Zealand: 2 Ukraine: 2 Canada: 2 Italy, Taiwan, Netherlands, Austria: 1 each
are also 12 crew, of which we know the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad
Shah, and first officer Fariq Ab. Hamid, are both Malaysian.
Seven Australian citizens are among the passengers on the flight
list. Our reporter in Canberra Daniel Hurst has the statement from the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with contact numbers for
“Malaysia Airlines has advised that it is contacting
relatives of the passengers on the flight,” the statement says.”The
airline has established a call centre – telephone +60 37884 1234
– for those seeking more information. The Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade’s 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre is contactable on 1 300
555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 (if calling from overseas).”
Unconfirmed reports say Vietnamese media are reporting their navy
has confirmed MH370 crashed into the ocean. There is a lot of
unconfirmed information and speculation out there, but sadly this seems
the most plausible outcome based on what we know so far.
Malaysia Airlines is pointing to an official page
for “latest updates”, although so far there is little more than its
media statement, which contains nothing that wasn’t known some time ago.
Here’s a basic map showing the area of the flight’s path. Flightglobal.com
describes its route: “According to route data on flight tracking web
site Flightaware, MH370 would have departed KL [next to where Shah Alam
appears on this map], flown northeast across the Malaysian peninsula,
whence it would have crossed the South China Sea, making landfall in
Vietnam. The aircraft would have crossed the Mekong Delta region, and
left the Vietnam coastline in the region of the central Vietnamese city
of Da Nang. By this point the aircraft would have been about two hours
into the flight – roughly where contact was lost. After this, the
aircraft would have passed to the south of Hainan Island, before
reaching the coast of southern China.”
At Beijing airport authorities have provided buses for relatives to
go to a hotel about 15 kilometres away for further briefings. Associated
Press reported one woman on the bus was weeping while saying on a
mobile phone, “They want us to go to the hotel. It can’t be good!”
The names of the pilot and first officer have been released. The
pilot is Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He joined
Malaysia Airlines in 1981 and has 18,365 flying hours. First officer
Fariq Ab. Hamid, also Malaysian, is 27. He joined the airline in 2007
and has 2,763 hours.
Vietnamese authorities now say the reports a signal had been
detected were false. “We have been seeking but no signal from the plane
yet,” Pham Hien, director of a Vietnam maritime search and rescue
co-ordination centre in Vung Tau, told Reuters. “The information on
local media about the signal near the Cape Ca Mau was inaccurate,” Pham
Also from the MAS media conference: the airline said the location of
the last contact with air traffic control was 120 nautical miles off
the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu. Malaysian and
Vietnamese authorities are working jointly on search operations in the
China state media says Vietnam authorities have detected signals from the missing plane, Associated Press reports.
James Fallows, following the story in The Atlantic,
says whatever has happened to the plane is unlikely to be a result of
chronic poor practices by Malaysia Airlines (“a good, competent and
modern airline”). The Boeing 777 also has an excellent safety record.
Links also here to Flight Aware, which shows the moment in the log the plane lost contact with air traffic control.
In Malaysia, acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin
Hussein took to Twitter to encourage family and friends of those on
board to stay calm and not to speculate about events.
The Malaysian Airlines spokesman told the press conference in Kuala
Lumpur the captain of the flight was a 53-year-old Malaysian, who had
been with the company since 1981. The first officer was 27, and joined
the company in 2007. The airline says it will hold another briefing in
Understandably there are very distressing scenes at Beijing airport,
where some relatives of passengers on board have been arriving.
That was a Malaysia Airlines representatives giving details of those
on board. There was little further concrete information on the fate of
the plane. Earlier the airline’s vice-presdient of operations control,
Fuad Sharuji, told CNN:
“At the moment we have no
idea where this aircraft is right now.” He said Subang air traffic
control lost contact with flight MH370 at about 2.40am local time.
A press conference is under way. The nationalities on board have just been released:
152 plus one infant, Malaysia 38, Indonesia 12, Australia 7, France 3,
US 3 plus one infant, NZ two, Ukraine two, Canada two, Russia 1, Italy
one, Taiwan one, Netherlands one and Austria one.
Sketchy information has been coming in about the missing plane in
the past hour or so. Fuad Sharuji, vice president of operations control
for Malaysia Airlines, says rumours that it had landed safely in
southern China were untrue, our China correspondent Tania Branigan
“We do not know where the aircraft is right now,” he told
CNN. Asked if there had been any indication the plane was experiencing
problems, he replied: “Not at all. The last report said the aircraft was
flying at 35,000 feet... there were no calls from the crew [to indicate
What we know so far
• Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has gone missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing
• Boeing 777 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew
• About 160 passengers are believed to be Chinese nationals
• Plane left KL at 12.41am local time and lost contact with air traffic control about two hours later
KUALA LUMPUR: Tentera laut Vietnam mengesahkan pesawat Malaysia Airlines penerbangan MH370 yang dilaporkan hilang dalam penerbangan dari Kuala Lumpur ke Beijing awal hari ini terhempas ke Laut China Selatan, lapor akhbar utama Vietnam seperti dipetik oleh Yahoo News.
Laksamana Tentera Laut Vietnam, Ngo Van Phat dipetik oleh akhbar Tuoi Tre berkata radar tentera merakamkan pesawat itu terhempas ke dalam laut 246 kilometer ke selatan Pulau Phu Quoc.
Sementara itu, satu laporan lain menyebut tentera laut China telah mengerahkan dua kapal penyelamatnya ke Laut China Selatan untuk membantu operasi menyelamat.
Laporan ini sekaligus menamatkan spekulasi sebelum ini kononnya pesawat Boeing 777-200 itu membuat pendaratan cemas di Wilayah Nanning di selatan China.
Agensi berita Xinhua sebelum ini melaporkan pesawat berkenaan tidak memasuki ruang udara China dan tidak membuat sebarang hubungan dengan pusat kawalan trafik negara itu.
Senarai penumpang MH370
KUALA LUMPUR 8 Mac - Berikut sebahagian daripada senarai penumpang yang berada dalam pesawat MH370 yang gagal dikesan sehingga 1.40 petang ini:
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines sedang berusaha menghubungi ahli keluarga 239 penumpang dan anak kapal penerbangan MH370 dari Kuala Lumpur ke Beijing yang terputus hubungan dengan Pusat Kawalan Trafik Subang, awal hari ini.
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan MAS, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya berkata fokus pihaknya juga sekarang ialah bekerjasama dengan petugas kecemasan dan pihak berkuasa yang telah mengerahkan pasukan mencari dan menyelamat bagi mengesan pesawat berkenaan.
"Kami mendoakan semua penumpang dan anak kapal serta ahli keluarga mereka," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media.
Pesawat yang berlepas pada pukul 12.41 pagi Sabtu itu sepatutnya mendarat di Lapangan Antarabangsa Beijing pada pukul 6.30 pagi tadi.
Bagaimanapun, pesawat Boeing 777-200 itu terputus hubungan dengan pusat kawalan trafik pada pukul 2.40 pagi.
Ia membawa 239 penumpang termasuk 2 orang bayi dan 12 anak kapal yang terdiri daripada warganegara dari 13 buah negara.
Ahmad Jauhari menasihatkan ahli keluarga penumpang terlibat untuk terus ke Bangunan Sokongan Kemudahan yang terletak di Zon Sokongan Selatan KLIA bagi mendapatkan perkembangan terkini.