|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)|
BEIJING, March 8 -- Relatives and friends of passengers on a missing Beijing-bound Malaysian aircraft are waiting anxiously for arrival of the plane.
The Malaysia Airlines said on its website that a press conference would be held later in the day and the company is trying to locate the flight with emergency rescue teams.
Chuang Ken Fei, a Malaysian, has been waiting for his two friends in the Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport for over 3 hours.
"Staff at the airport told me the flight did not take off, but I can see from my mobile application that the aircraft was in the air," Chuang said.
The Boeing B777-200 left the Kuala lumpur International Airport at 00:41 a.m., a 3,700 km trip.
The CAAC confirmed the flight number was MH370, which carries 239 people, including 12 crew members and 158 Chinese passengers. So far, the flight hasn't contacted Chinese air traffic management department or entered China's air traffic control area.
The flight lost contact and its radar signal at 01:20 a.m. Saturday when flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam.
"The news is very disturbing. We hope everyone on the plane is safe,"said China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
He made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.
Wang said that China's Foreign Ministry and the related departments had activated an emergency response mechanism.
"As soon as we have any more information, we will give it to you immediately," he told reporters.