The plane is said to have been carrying 239 – 227 passengers of 13 different nationalities and 12 crew members. 160 of the passengers were Chinese nationals according to China’s Xinhua State News Agency.
The 777’s serial number is 28420 / 404 and its registration is: 9M-MRO. It was delivered to Malaysia Airlines on 31st May, 2002. Apparently it was involved in an incident at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on 9th August, 2012, when the tip of its wing collided with a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A340. Malaysia Airlines has 15 of the Boeing 777-200 jets in its fleet of about 100 planes. It has been planning to replace them with newer aircraft.
The Flight left Malaysia shortly after midnight (1227am) local time. It was meant to land in China at 6:30 Saturday morning local time. It was last tracked over southern Asia at 240am local time.
“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” says the airline: ” Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members. ”
Malaysian media is reporting the concerns and prayers of people around the world. I join with them.
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