KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 – Expecting the worst for the families await news of missing Malaysian airliner. Nobody knows exactly what happened to a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared Saturday, but families of the 239 people on board are waiting and expecting the worst. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak met family members of the passengers and crew of a missing Malaysia Airlines flight at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here Saturday.
A photograph posted on the Twitter account of the Prime Minister’s Office showed Najib meeting the families of the crew of Flight MH370 which disappeared from radar on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Also captured in the photo was Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing lost contact at 2.40 am today, about two hours after taking off from the KLIA. The plane was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew.
The passengers included 153 nationals from China, 38 Malaysia, seven Indonesia, six Australia, five India, four France, three United States, two each from New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada, and one each from Russia, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria. Air traffic controllers lost track of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 not long after it left Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, on its way to Beijing. More than half the passengers were Chinese nationals.
“We have no idea where this aircraft is right now,” Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji said on CNN’s “AC360.” There’s even confusion about where the plane might have gone down. Vietnamese and Chinese state media, both citing Vietnam’s military, reported the plane crashed off the southern coast of Vietnam. But the reports are incorrect, said Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. “The CA (Civil Aviation Authority) says that is not true, and our foreign office says it is not true,” he said.