Malaysian Airlines flight left from Kuala Lumpur goes missing over Vietnamese airspace, causing rumors of loss of 239 lives. The flight MH 370, a Boeing 777, was headed to Beijing.
“We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing,” Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement. “The plane lost contact in Ca Mau province airspace before it had entered contact with Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control,” the report elaborated.
158 of the 277 passengers were Chinese nationals. The passenger list consisted of 13 nationalities, two were infants. The flight had to report to Ho Chi Minh city airtraffic in a while and later to Thailand air traffic controllers, no reports were received.
China has deployed two search and rescue ships in the South China sea to search for the flight.
In a conflicting report, airport staff were said to have told some relatives that the flight did not even take off. Clear details are yet to come.