Search on after Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes

At the Beijing airport where the plane should have arrived – there was a tense wait for news (Photo courtesy BBC)

A search is under way in waters between Malaysia and Vietnam after a Malaysia Airlines plane vanished on a flight to Beijing, with 239 people on board.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that flight MH370 had disappeared at 02:40 local time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday) after leaving Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia’s transport minister said there was no information on wreckage and he urged against speculation.

“We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane. We are doing everything we can to ensure every possible angle has been addressed,” Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

The flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines CZ748 and more than 150 of the 227 passengers on board are Chinese Nationals.

State media are reporting that two rescue boats have been sent into the South China Sea, from the ports of Haikou and Nansha, to assist with the search and rescue effort. 

Relatives were escorted to a bus that takes them to a local hotel (Photo courtesy BBC)

Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the focus was on helping the families of those missing. He said that 80% of the families had been contacted. (BBC)

4 Responses to Search on after Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes

  1. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd March 8, 2014 at 6:10 am


  2. Consuelo N Richards
    Consuelo N Richards March 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    We need to pray for them

  3. Cheryl Maynard
    Cheryl Maynard March 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Dear God help them

  4. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge March 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Praying for a miracle right about now.


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