Search for Malaysia Airlines continues

10 / 03 / 2014

  • The Malaysia Airlines’ B777-200 with 239 people on board went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing

    The Malaysia Airlines’ B777-200 with 239 people on board went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing

THE fate of the Malaysia Airlines’ B777-200, which went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, has been described as a ‘mystery’. 

Officials are reportedly ‘puzzled’ by the jet’s disappearance at 02:40 local time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday). It was scheduled to land in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT). 

Flight MH370 had 227 passengers on board – 153 from China – and two children. The 12 crew members are all Malaysian.

Earlier, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s Minister of Transport, suggested the aircraft may have tried to turn back.

An international air and sea search, which began in waters between Malaysia and Vietnam, has now been widened. 

Reports say the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet has joined the multinational search team. 

Forty ships and 22 aircraft currently now involved in the search.