Families notified after Malaysia Airlines plane goes missing - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Families notified after Malaysia Airlines plane goes missing

Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 239 people. (Source: MGN Online) Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 239 people. (Source: MGN Online)
The plane was traveling from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China. (Source: CNN) The plane was traveling from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a flight traveling from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China.

The plane, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, was scheduled to land at Beijing Capital International Airport at 6:30 a.m. Beijing time.

Air traffic control lost contact with the flight at 2:40 a.m. Malaysia time, about two hours after it took off.

Passengers from 14 countries, including at least three Americans, were onboard.

According to an Associated Press report, Vietnamese officials said Saturday that they detected a signal from the plane over the South China Sea.  They added that contact with the plane was not successful. Search crews have scrambled to find any sign of the plane.

A spokesperson for the airline said the aircraft, a Boeing B777-200, was carrying approximately seven hours worth of fuel onboard.

Search and rescue teams have been deployed to look for the plane. 

Malaysia Airlines says it is also calling next-of-kin of passengers and crew members and is also working with emergency responders.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members," the airline said in a statement.

The pilot, Cpt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, is a veteran of Malaysia Airlines, joining the company in 1981 and logging more than 18,000 flight hours. The first officer, Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, has more than 2,700 flight hours.

The Boeing 777 is considered one of the safest, most well-built aircrafts in commercial flight. The 777 first entered service in 1995.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • News in the airline industryAviation newsMore>>

  • Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:11:31 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 4:34 AM EDT2018-05-21 08:34:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

    More >>

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

    More >>
  • Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

    Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:31 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:31:39 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 3:13 AM EDT2018-05-21 07:13:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan). Mairy Charchabal holds a picture of her son Daniel Terrero Charchabal, 22, who was killed in Cuba's worst aviation disaster, at the morgue where she waits for the identification of the bodies in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, May 20, ...(AP Photo/Desmond Boylan). Mairy Charchabal holds a picture of her son Daniel Terrero Charchabal, 22, who was killed in Cuba's worst aviation disaster, at the morgue where she waits for the identification of the bodies in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, May 20, ...
    At morgues and in church services, Cubans are mourning loved ones who died in the country's worst air disaster in three decades.More >>
    At morgues and in church services, Cubans are mourning loved ones who died in the country's worst air disaster in three decades.More >>
  • Airline passenger accused of punching deaf pregnant woman, service dog

    Airline passenger accused of punching deaf pregnant woman, service dog

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:57 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:57:56 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:57 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:57:56 GMT
    The case was turned over to the FBI, who are still determining if charges will be filed. (Source: Family photos/WKMG/CNN)The case was turned over to the FBI, who are still determining if charges will be filed. (Source: Family photos/WKMG/CNN)

    The case was turned over to the FBI, who are still determining if charges will be filed.

    More >>

    The case was turned over to the FBI, who are still determining if charges will be filed.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly