Update: Malaysia Airlines Flight With 227 Passengers CRASHES INTO SEA OFF VIETNAM
UPDATE: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 crashed into the sea.
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.
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam.
A Boeing 777 went missing today on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The plane went missing two hours into flight.
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.
A statement posted on the official Vietnamese government website said the flight disappeared in Vietnamese airspace.
China’s state television said 158 of the passengers were Chinese.
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Here’s a list of the nationalities of the passengers.