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.
HANOI (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew crashed into the sea 153 miles off the coast of Vietnam's Tho Chu island on Saturday, according to a Vietnamese navy officer quoted by state media.
Tho Chu and Phu Quoc lie to the southwest of southern Vietnam.
The admiral could not be reached by telephone. It was not immediately clear how he knew where the plane had crashed or whether wreckage had been spotted.
The plane last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said.
(Reporting by Nguyen Phuong Linh; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 carrying 239 people — including two Canadians — crashed in the South China Sea: official
A possible relative cries at the Beijing Airport after news of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane in Beijing on March 8, 2014. Malaysia Airlines said a flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing early on March 8, and the airline was notifying next of kin in a sign it expected the worst. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew crashed in the South China Sea on Saturday, Vietnamese state media said, quoting a senior naval official.
The Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had been missing for hours when Vietnam’s Tuoi Tre news quoted Admiral Ngo Van Phat as saying he had asked boats from an island off south Vietnam to rush to the crash site.
If the report is confirmed, it would mark the U.S.-built airliner’s deadliest crash since entering service 19 years ago.
Malaysia Airlines had yet to confirm that the aircraft had crashed. It said earlier in the day that no distress signal had been given and cited early speculation that the plane may have landed in Nanming in southern China.
Flight MH370, operating a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement read to a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia and Vietnam were conducting a joint search and rescue, he said but gave no details. China has also sent two maritime rescue ships to the South China Sea to help in any rescue, state television said on one of its microblogs.
“We are extremely worried,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing before the Vietnamese report that the plane had crashed. “The news is very disturbing. We hope everyone on the plane is safe.”
The flight left Kuala Lumpur at 12.21 a.m. (1621 GMT Friday) but no trace had been found of the plane hours after it was due to land in the Chinese capital at 6.30 a.m. (2230 GMT Friday) the same day.
AP Photo/Ng Han GuanA Malaysian man who says he has relatives on board the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, talks to journalists at Beijing's International Airport Beijing, China, Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Malaysia Airlines said people from 14 nationalities were among the 227 passengers, including at least 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, six Australians and three Americans. It also said a Chinese infant and an American infant were on board.
If it is confirmed that the plane has crashed, the loss would mark the second fatal accident involving a Boeing 777 in less than a year and by far the worst since the jet entered service in 1995.
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER crash-landed in San Francisco in July 2013, killing three passengers and injuring more than 180.
Boeing said it was aware of reports that the Malaysia Airlines plane was missing and was monitoring the situation but had no further comment. The flight was operating as a China Southern Airlines codeshare.
An official at the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said the plane had failed to check in as scheduled at 1721 GMT while it was flying over the sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh city.
AP Photo/Lai Seng SinMalaysian Airlines Group Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahyain, front, speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 8, 2014.
AP Photo/Kyodo NewsThis photo taken in April, 2013, shows a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER at Narita Airport in Narita, near Tokyo. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later.
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty ImagesA possible relative cries at the Beijing Airport after news of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane in Beijing on March 8, 2014. Malaysia Airlines said a flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing early on March 8, and the airline was notifying next of kin in a sign it expected the worst.
AP Photo/Ng Han GuanThe arrival board at the International Airport in Beijing, China shows a Malaysian airliner is delayed, Saturday, March 8, 2014.
AP Photo/Lai Seng SinPassengers walk past a signboard of Malaysia Airlines at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 8, 2014.
UPDATE [2:36pm]: Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein denies reports that signal from aircraft has been received in the south of Vietnam. He says the government has no information of any wreckage at the moment, but 'are looking at all possibilities'.
The Malaysian government has dispatched a plane, two helicopters and four vessels to search seas off its east coast in the South China Sea. The Philippines also sends three navy patrol boats and a surveillance plane.
AFP, in its live report, has several airline safety experts speaking about Malaysia Airlines' safety record.
Malaysia Airlines says all other flights will proceed as usual, for now.
UPDATE [2:13pm]: MH370 has been removed from the arrivals board at the Beijing airport. Local media report that the passengers included 24 Chinese artists on their way back from an art exhibition in Malaysia.
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. Full story here.
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.
Senarai Nama Anak Kapal Dan Penumpang MH 370.
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Senarai penumpang MH370KUALA LUMPUR 8 Mac – Berikut sebahagian daripada senarai penumpang yang berada dalam pesawat MH370 yang gagal dikesan sehingga 1.40 petang ini:
Fariq Ab. Hamid
Zaharie Ahmad Shah
Foong Wai Yueng
Goh Sock Lay
Gomes Patrick Francis
Mohd. Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan
Junaidi Mohd. Kassim
Ng Yar Chien
Tan Ser Kuin
Tan Size Hiang
Wan Syaid Wan Ismail
Anne Catherine Daisy (MYS)
Bai Xiaow (CAN)
Beherey Usage Waitrelos Laurence Arlet (FRA)
Biby Nazli Mohd. Hassim (MYS)
Brooskii Nikolath (RUS)
Burrows Rooney (AUS)
Chan Huan Peen (MYS)
Chen Weihoing (MYS)
Chew Kar Mooi (MYS)
Chng Mei Ling (MYS)
Chuang Hsiu Ling ((TWN)
Chustrak Oleg (UKR)
Deineka Sergii (UKR)
Dina Mohamed Yunus Ramli (MAS)
Maria Mohamed Yunus Ramli (MYS)
Gu Naijun (AUS)
Guan Hua Jin (MYS)
Huang Tianjui (CHN)
Hue Pui Heng (MYS)
Jee Jing Hang (MYS)
Jiang Cuiyun (CHN)
Koh Tiong Meng (MYS)
Kolekar Chetana Vinod (IND)
Kolekar Vinod Suresh (IND)
Kozel Christian (AUT)
Lawton Catherine (AUS)
Lawton Robert (AUS)
Lee Kah Kin (MYS)
Lee Sew Chu (MYS)
Li Hongjing (CHN)
Li Yuan (AUS)
Lim Por Chua (MYS)
Lui Ching (CHN)
Maraldi Luigi (ITA)
Meng Leoinf (USA)
Meng Nicole (USA)
Mohamad Sofian Ibrahim (MYS)
Mohd. Khairul Amril Selamat (MYS)
Muhammad Drazahan Zamani (MYS)
Mukherjee Muktesh (CAN)
Muzi Yusop (MYS)
Ng May Li (MYS)
Noorida Mohd. Hashim (MYS)
Nor Fadzillah Mat Rahim (MYS)
Norliakmar Hamid (MYS)
Ramlan Safuan (MYS)
Sharma Chandrika (IND)
Shirsath Kranti Pralhad (IND)
Sim Keng Wei (MYS)
Siregar Firman Chandra (IND)
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.