SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines is still unable to establish any contact or determine the whereabouts of flight MH370, which went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing earlier today.
In its fourth statement on the incident, Malaysia Airlines said there have been many unvalidated reports circulating.
“Malaysia Airlines strongly urges the media and the public at large to only report from official statements from Malaysia Airlines and the Government of Malaysia,” said the statement.
Earlier today, Subang ATC lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40am.
The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).
“We are still trying to locate the current location of the flight based on the last known position of the aircraft. We are working with the International search and rescue teams in trying to locate the aircraft.
“So far, we have not received any emergency signals or distress messages from MH370. We are working with authorities and assure that all sources are deployed to assist with the search and rescue mission,” said the statement.
The airline also stressed that the passenger manifest would not be released until all families of the passengers have been informed.
The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including two infants) and 12 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines deployed its “Go Team” to Beijing, which departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 4.30pm with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.
The airline also updated its list of the nationalities of passengers due to confusion between the country code of Indonesia and India.
China/Taiwan – 154 including infant
Malaysia – 38
India – 5
Indonesia – 7
Australia – 6
France – 4
USA – 3 including infant
New Zealand – 2
Ukraine – 2
Canada – 2
Russian – 1
Italy – 1
Netherlands – 1
Austrian – 1
The public can contact +603-78841234.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.