Kuala Lumpur, March 8 IANS | 5 months ago

Five Indians are among the 239 passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early Saturday.


Flight MH 370, a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:21 a.m. local time and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. local time but it lost contact with ground control two hours after take-off.

Even as anxious relatives thronged the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the location of the aircraft remains unknown.

In its fourth media statement in this connection, Malaysia Airlines said: "Malaysia Airlines is still unable to establish any contact or establish the whereabouts of flight MH370. Earlier today, Subang ATC had lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40 a.m. The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude)."

According to the airline's website, there are 227 passengers on board, including two infants.

Apart from the five Indians, there are 154 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, four Americans, three French, two New Zealanders, two Ukrainians, two Canadians, one Russian, one Italian, one Dutch and one Austrian on board.

(Posted on 08-03-2014)