The Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 that lost contact en route from Malaysia to Beijing has been found on Saturday, according to a purported Weibo account of Boeing China executive. However, many have said that the account is fake.
"The plane is found but our sorrows grow. Our technical assistance team is en route to assist the investigating authorities off the Vietnamese coast," the purported Weibo account of Marc Allen, president of Boeing China. "Father God. pls grant comfort to those who have lost loved ones."
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on board from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has gone missing on Saturday, the airline said in a statement.
Flight MH370, operating a Boeing B777-200 aircraft left Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 a.m. local time and had been expected to land in Beijing at 6.30 a.m. the same day. MH370 is 11 years and 10 months old.
The 777-200 is considered one of the safest aircraft in the world, it had not had a fatal crash in its 20 year history until the South Korea's Asiana airline crash in San Francisco international aiport in July 2013. Three of the 307 people aboard were killed in the fatal accident.
The airline are working with authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
"We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370," Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members." the airline said.
According to Malaysia airline, the flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365hours. 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 passengers were of 14 different nationalities - citizens from:
1. China - 152 plus 1 infant
2. Malaysia - 38
3. Indonesia - 12
4. Australia - 7
5. France - 3
6. United States of America - 3 pax plus 1 infant
7. New Zealand - 2
8. Ukraine - 2
9. Canada - 2
10. Russia - 1
11. Italy - 1
12. Taiwan - 1
13. Netherlands - 1
14. Austria - 1
This flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines.