PM orders all measures taken to locate missing MAS aircraft

March 8, 2014

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Putrajaya has issued an order to all relevant authorities to take all possible measures to locate missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

In a brief posting on microblogging site Twitter this afternoon, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak offered his prayers to the flight passengers’ next-of-kin.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family members of flight #MH370. I’ve asked all measures possible to be taken,” he wrote.

Earlier today, MAS confirmed that Subang Air Traffic Control lost contact with the Boeing B777-200 plane at 2.40am this morning, some two hours after the Beijing-bound aircraft departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 12.41am.

The plane was scheduled to arrive at Beijing at 6.30am local time.

According to MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, there were a total of 14 nationalities onboard the plane and a total of 227 passengers, and 12 crew members.

This includes 153 Chinese nationals including one infant, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, seven Australians, three French nationals, four from the US including one infant, two from New Zealand, two Canadians, two Russians, one Italian, one Taiwanese, one from Netherlands and one Austrian.

Jauhari said the family members of those onboard the missing flight are being contacted.

A search and rescue mission has also been mounted, involving both Malaysian and Vietnamese officials.

The plane reportedly fell off the radar when it was 120 nautical miles off the coast of Kota Baru, somewhere near the South China Sea.