Malaysia Flight 370 Missing With 239 Total Passengers (13 Nationalities) “Lost Presumed Crashed” – Boeing 777

VERY unusual situation.   Catastrophic loss of flight with no distress call is highly troubling. Possible explosion

malaysia-airlines-file(CNN) — A passenger flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is missing and would likely have run out of fuel, Malaysia Airlines said Saturday.

“At the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now,” Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji said on CNN’s “AC360.”

Subang Air Traffic Control lost contact with Flight MH370 at about 2:40 a.m. local time (1:40 p.m. ET Friday), Sharuji said.

“We tried to call this aircraft through various means,” he said.

The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip. It was carrying 227 passengers, two of them infants, and 12 crew members, the airline said.

At the time of its disappearance, the plane was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel, Sharuji said.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the statement said. The public can call +603 7884 1234 for further information.

Efforts to contact the plane were fruitless.

The airline said in a statement that its representatives were contacting the relatives of those aboard. “Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support,” it said.

“We’re closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370,” Boeing said in a tweet. “Our thoughts are with everyone on board.”

“It doesn’t sound very good,” retired American Airlines Capt. Jim Tilmon told CNN’s “AC360.” He noted that the route is mostly overland, which means that there would be plenty of antennae, radar and radios to contact the plane.

“I’ve been trying to come up with every scenario that I could just to explain this away, but I haven’t been very successful.”

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He said the plane is “about as sophisticated as any commercial airplane could possibly be,” with an excellent safety record.

There is one recent blemish: An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 291 passengers struck a seawall at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013, killing three people and wounding dozens more.

Malaysia Airlines operates in Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and on the route between Europe and Australasia.

The airline’s roots date back to 1937, when it operated passenger and cargo flights in Malaysia.  (read more)

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47 Responses to Malaysia Flight 370 Missing With 239 Total Passengers (13 Nationalities) “Lost Presumed Crashed” – Boeing 777

  1. ctdar says:

    Lost contact @ 2 hours into flight, looks like it would have been over S China Sea :(

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    • Roy says:

      I was thinking if the pilot was handed over to another controller and his last words were,” GOOD NIGHT’ while his flight 370 was headed east could it be some tell-tail hint to the off going controller that they were going west instead of East? Looks as if he might have said Good Morning at 1:30 am . just a thought.

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  2. Be Ge says:

    the aircraft involved in the incident.

    From the timing (2hours after takeoff) data available and a map, the aircraft has to be somewhere around Vietnam. The thing looks like an act of terrorism to me. I should add a little USD 0.02 there. I frankly consider actions of people who put underqualified, undertrained or overworked personnel in the cockpits terrorists. This is most likely a CFIT or a real allakhuakbarred terrorism.

    God have mercy on the passengers and the crew.

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  3. justfactsplz says:

    Prayers for the people on board of that plane and their families. This does not look good. I agree, it appears to be terrorism.

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  4. benzy says:

    So many lives affected… both those who were on the plane and those who were related to or worked with them. A very sad day.

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  5. Stormy says:

    Boeing 777 carrying 239 people lost over Vietnam: Jetliner feared crashed with four Americans on board ‘after abrupt 650ft plunge’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576087/Malaysia-Airlines-says-plane-missing.html

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  6. afghanvet18f says:

    They have been re-routing the ISS to fly over the possible crash area.

    http://iss.astroviewer.net/

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  7. duran fruit says:

    firstly stop this terrorists nonsense, we have no facts yet, its a shame ive traveled through out Malaysia my wife Malaysian, fact is Malaysia is not full of terrorists u are shot u know for preaching it, and we should just think of these people who have probably lost there lives, no matter what religion etc, iam Muslim by the way hopefully they are ok

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    • stella says:

      Discussion of terrorism isn’t “nonsense”. I’m sorry if that annoys you, but it is as likely the cause as any other.

      Nobody is accusing you, personally, but there have been other terrorists incidents in Malaysia. Do you deny that?

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    • There are news reports of a passenger with a stolen passport on board. To rule out terrorism is total nonsense.

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    • Be Ge says:

      Here is what we know

      1. The aircraft is gone from the radars in a controlled airspace — it is not as though something happens in the middle of Atlantic ocean between the coasts of Brazil and Africa whereby there is no radio communication possible between the aircraft and the control tower(s) and no radar visibility.
      2. The aircraft, according to flightradar24.com (with a pretty good coverage of the area), took some strange maneuvers — such as abrupt altitude change and a heading change
      3. There was no mayday/sos call

      I have a bit of a hard time believing a properly checked aircraft flown by a pilot with 18k hours in the air desintegrated amidst clear skies all of the sudden — like, the wing have separated from the fuselage, say due to air speed well above Vnever_exceed.

      Given the above, I am apt to suspect terrorism. Like I said before, putting undertrained or overworked pilots into cockpits is likewise an act of terrorism to me (a lot of people agree on this), and should be punished accordingly.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      “u are shot u know for preaching it,” ?? Didn’t understand what you said.

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  8. libby says:

    Ooooooooh, Malaysia is a hotbed of terrorism. How much compared to places like Indonesia, or Pakistan or Afghanistan (keeping in mind, historically, it was Malaysia, one of the few countries in Southeast Asia which was THE DOMINO THAT STOOD)?
    Any country of over 100 million people has some whack jobs, but Malaysia has been and is a Western ally (not to the chagrin of its entire populace) that defeated the communists when Vietnam to this day is still infested with communists).

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    • stella says:

      If it is terrorism, the country of origin is not necessarily relevant. The terrorists could be Indonesians, for example.

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  9. ctdar says:

    As Malaysian Airlines released a full list of the passengers on board – including five children aged two to four years old – Italian media reported one passenger listed as 37-year-old Luigi Maraldi was not in fact on board.
    Mr Maraldi has come forward to let the Italian authorities know that he was not in fact on the stricken flight. He is understood to have called home from Thailand to let his family know he is alive and well.
    He said his passport was stolen several months ago in the South East Asian country.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576087/Malaysia-Airlines-says-plane-missing.html

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    • John Galt says:

      “Apparently, Maraldi had informed Italian authorities in August last year that he had lost his passport.”

      http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/conspiracy-theories-spiral-around-mh370s-disappearance

      So they let an impostor board with a known stolen passport?

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Maybe they were busy frisking infants and little old ladies while the guy with the stolen passport slipped by.

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        • IFoundMyVoice says:

          Have you ever flown in or out of Miami? Some of the TSA agents there treat passengers as if they were prison officers and the tourists were obstreperous felons. Quite lovely to have a guard snarl at you to “move on!” When you had the gall to stop to adjust your sandal strap within yards of the security check.

          The random searches are lovely too. One can’t profile that Middle Eastern man behaving fidgety unless one also rifles through the purse of that octogenarian in the wheelchair.

          Just think of the limits of a spineless and weak president if he were not buoyed along by the toxic level of political correctness that is burying us.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            “Quite lovely to have a guard snarl at you to “move on!” When you had the gall to stop to adjust your sandal strap within yards of the security check.” That happened to me in Atlanta several times. I wear running shoes with orthotics in them and they are hard to untie bending over, holding my DL and plane ticket in one hand and the plastic bag with 3oz bottles and suitcase in the other.

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  10. IFoundMyVoice says:

    There are two passengers carrying stolen passports. That is infuriating. The fact that once again we may have innocent human beings including babies killed in cold blood makes me extremely sad.
    It is impossible not to see yourself in every relative and friend of those lost.

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  11. radish says:

    It looks like the hijackers took control of the plane, and instead of having the chance to broadcast their aim, lost control of the plane. The culprit would be someone who could disguise himself as an Italian. This was a terrorist act. Sippy Cup is celebrating at the Florida Keys. He has run the USA ship aground and needs to be fired immediately. The doors to the WH should be locked and Barack forbidden to return.

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    • ctdar says:

      Seems no disguise was necessary since by all reports the passport was or should have been flagged months ago as stolen.

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  12. Partyzant says:

    http://www.flightradar24.com/MAS370/2d9dd5b

    Thank you for the flightradar24 mention, it is a good resource… the screen that shows the flight’s last reported location is linked above. I do not know if the position is correct as indicated, as news states South China Sea. The flight was MAS370 and the aircraft type is listed as a B772 (some shorthand for the 777-200).

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    • Be Ge says:

      Their best coverage is in Europe, but they are kinda ok in South-East Asia as well. Tracks planes in real time — so you can tell what is someone you know is flying around :)

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