Families of passengers on board a Malaysian Airline flight which lost contact with the Vietnamese control towers since yesterday are anxiously awaiting news of their loved ones.
The Boeing 777 aircraft departed Malaysia at 12.30am on Saturday, en route to China. The airline disappeared off the radar two hours into its flight while in Vietnamese airspace and no news has been received yet, regarding it’s location.
On board were 239 passengers including 2 infants and 12 crew members. Most of those on board are Chinese with a small number of other nationalities including Ukraine, Russia, France and America.
The authorities in Malaysia, China and Vietnam have launched a massive search and rescue operation in an effort to find the aircraft.
Meanwhile, families waiting for updates at the Chinese International Airport have expressed anger at not being kept up to speed with events. The families, who are understandably distraught, accused the airline of locking them up in a conference room at the Lido Hotel, not far from the Airport in Beijing without any representative to contact them regarding recent developments.
One relative said, “We want someone to show their face. They haven’t even given us the passenger list”, while another relative muttered: “They’re treating us worse than dogs.” (Telegraph)
In a Statement, the Malaysian Airline stated, “We have no information on the location of the aircraft. We are currently working with international authorities on the search and rescue mission.”
The Airline has hitherto had a solid safety record and this particular flight relayed no distressing signals before vanishing off the radar.
The Malaysian transport Minister, Hishamuddin Hussein, said it was too early to confirm a crash and that there were no signs of wreckage on the surface of the water.
“We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane. We are doing everything we can to ensure every possible angle has been addressed,” he said. [Telegraph]
Here’s hoping they find the missing plane soon so that relatives can at least know what’s going on.