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Pesawat MAS MH370 hilang [TERKINI]

Tentera laut Vietnam mengesahkan pesawat Malaysia Airlines penerbangan MH370 yang dilaporkan hilang dalam penerbangan dari Kuala Lumpur ke Beijing awal hari ini terhempas ke Laut China Selatan, lapor akhbar utama Vietnam seperti dipetik oleh Yahoo News.

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. -astroawani

Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in South China Sea with 239 people aboard: report

(Reuters) - 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. (11.21 a.m. ET 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. (5.30 p.m. ET Friday) the same day.

"We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370," Jauhari said.

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. -Reuters

Pesawat MAS bawa 239 penumpang ke Beijing dilapor hilang

Operasi menyelamat dilancarkan sebentar tadi selepas sebuah pesawat Malaysia Airlines (MAS) yang membawa 227 penumpang menuju ke Beijing dilaporkan hilang oleh pihak pengawal trafik udara pagi ini.

Menurut MAS, penerbangan MH370 putus hubungan dengan Pusat Kawalan Udara Subang jam 2.40 pagi ini.

Pesawat B777-200 tersebut berlepas daripada Lapangan Terbang Antrabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) pada 12.41 tengah malam semalam dan dijangka mendarat pada 6.30 pagi ini.

"Penerbangan itu membawa 227 penumpang (termasuk 2 kanak-kanak), dan 12 anak kapal," kata MAS dalam kenyataannya.

"Malaysia Airlines sedang bekerjasama dengan pihak berkuasa yang sudah mengaktifkan pasukan mencari dan menyelamat bagi mengesan pesawat itu," tambahnya.

Sementara itu, Reuters memetik laporan agensi berita Xinhua berkata hubungan radar dengan pesawat tersebut dikesan hilang ketika ia di ruang udara dikawal Vietnam awal pagi hari ini.

Pesawat itu dilaporkan tidak memasuki ruang udara China dan tidak melakukan sebarang komunikasi dengan pihak kawalan udara.

MAS berkata pihaknya akan memberitahu perkembangan terkini tentang situasi tersebut. Orang awam boleh menghubungi 03-7884 1234 untuk sebarang maklumat.

Dalam kenyataannya, MAS berkata ahli keluarga penumpang boleh hadir ke Bangunan Sokongan Fasiliti di Zon Selatan Sokongan KLIA.

Untuk petunjuk jalan sila hubungi 03 8787 1269. -TMI






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