The Boeing 777-200 Flight MH370 took off at 12:41 am (local time) and lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control near Kuala Lumpur almost two hours later at 2:40 am, the airlines said in a statement.

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The list of passengers, issued by the Malaysian Airlines, mentions people of 14 nationalities but no Indians on board. The plane disappeared in the night somewhere over South China Sea while enroute to China with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
"Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support," the Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said. He said the pilot of the missing aircraft, identified as Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah, had 18365 hours of experience and joined the airlines in 1981.
The airline said it is verifying some unconfirmed reports that the plane landed in Nanming in Guizhou province in China. "There has been speculation that the aircraft has landed at Nanming. We are working to verify the authenticity of the report," said a statement posted on the airline's website.
However, officials in China said that so far they have not found any evidence that it entered the Chinese airspace. Meanwhile, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that Vietnamese rescue officials claimed that missing Malaysian plane's signal has been detected.
Those on board include 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, 7 Australians, 3 French, 4 including an infant from the US, 2 New Zealanders, 2 Ukrainians, 2 Canadians, 1 each from Russia, Italy, Taiwan, Netherlands and Austria.     

Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft, Jauhari said. "Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew," he added.

Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein urged people not to speculate news on the "missing" plane. "I've instructed all relevant agencies including TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) to work together (in) locating the plane. Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board," he said.
The aircraft came into service in 2002. Malaysia has 15 Boeing 777 - 200 series. Vice-president operations control Fuad sharuji said the airlines had got in touch with five of its flights in air to see if they had heard from the missing plane but they had got no response.
Several ATC of nearby countries had also been contacted by the airline, Fuad said. The aircraft had a Code share with China southern airline. The plane had entered Vietnamese airspace when it lost control.


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