|A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 239 people, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, has lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said Saturday. This undated file photo from the internet shows a Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 777 passenger plane. (Xinhua)|
NEW DELHI, March 8 -- Five Indians were on board a Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing Saturday morning over the South China Sea, local TV channels reported, quoting Malaysian Transport Ministry.
The ill-fated plane, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing over the South China Sea on its way to Beijing from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines have started a joint operation to search for and rescue the Boeing 777- 200 plane, which was due to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., the reports said.
Malaysia Airlines earlier announced there were 12 Indonesians on the passenger list. But it later corrected the number of Indonesians to seven.