A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 missing with more than 200 passengers on board.


New York (AirGuide Features - Inside Air Travel) Fri, Mar 7, 2014 - Malaysia Airlines lost contact with flight 370, a Boeing 777-200ER, after it departed Kuala Lumpur shortly after 12.40am local time on Saturday Mar. 8. Search and rescue teams are trying to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has gone missing with more than 200 passengers on board. Flight MH370 was carrying 227 passengers including two infants and 12 crew members. It was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am. Some websites listed the plane as having landed at 6.10am in Beijing but Malaysian Airlines issued the statement to report it was missing at 7.54am. Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that it was working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft. An unconfirmed report from a flight tracking website said the plane had plunged more than 200 metres and changed course in the last minute that it had transmitted data, and that communication was lost 20 minutes after departure from Kuala Lumpur. Live flight tracking: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS370/history/20140307/1635Z/WMKK/ZBAA The airline will provide regular updates on the situation, and said the flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981. First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007. The missing Boeing 777-200ER jet is believed to have been involved in a crash in August, 2012, when it damaged the tail of a China Eastern Airlines plane at Shanghai Pudong Airport, according to unconfirmed reports. In that incident, the tip of the wing of the Malaysia Airlines 777 broke off. Malaysia Airlines has 15 Boeing 777-200ERs in its fleet powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 892 engines. The first 777 was delivered in 1997, and the average age of its fleet is 8.5 years. The 777 has been in service for almost 20 years and has an excellent...

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