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Malaysian Airlines plane crash: Malaysia, Vietnam conduct joint search operations

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 passengers went missing near the South China Sea on Saturday

Kuala lumpur: A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 passengers, including five Indians and 12 crew members, went missing near the South China Sea on Saturday.

A crying woman is escorted to a bus for relatives at the Beijing Airport after news of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane
A crying woman is escorted to a bus for relatives at the Beijing Airport after news of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane 

The Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was rumoured to have crashed. Vietnam Admiral Ngo Van Phat said he had asked boats from an island off south Vietnam to rush to the crash site.

If the report is confirmed, it would mark the U.S.-built airliner’s deadliest crash since entering service 19 years ago.

Till the time of going to press, Malaysia Airlines hadn’t confirmed that the aircraft had crashed. Earlier in the day it said that no distress signal had been given and speculated that the plane may have landed in Nanming in southern China.

Flight MH370, operating a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement.

He said Malaysia and Vietnam were conducting a joint search and rescue operation. During search operations, Vietnamese air force planes spotted two oil slicks in the area where the aircraft had vanished.

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