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BBC World News: missing plane

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Hello, I'm Yelda Hakin with BBC World News, our top stories. A search is under way for a Malaysian Airlines jet, which has gone missing on a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Vietnamese media are reporting that the plane crashed into the sea off the Vietnamese coast. 239 people from fourteen different countries were on board the plane. Two thirds of them Chinese nationals. We start with breaking news, an international search is under way for a Malaysia Airlines jetline which went missing during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Vietnamese media is reporting that the plane has crashed into the sea off the Vietnamese coast. However, in the last hour the Malaysian Transport Minister said they have no information on any wreckage. The Airline says the last point of contact with the flight was some 220 kilometres off the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu over the south China Sea. The plane was carrying 239 passengers and crew. Janesh Oving reports. At Beijing International Airport, relatives can only wait anxiously for news. On the arrivals board, flight MH317 said simply 'delayed'. That's now been removed and as every hour goes by without contact from the Boeing 777, there's increasing concern. Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and the authorities. And our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members. The Malaysian Airline flight was bound for Beijing. It lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur. The Airline says the last point of contact with the flight was a 120 northical miles off the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu over the south China Sea. The weather along the route was reportedly good. Of the 239 people on board, almost two thirds are Chinese nationals. We're working very closely with our neighbours. Especially with China, Vietnam, Philippenes, Indonesia, where we have requested assistance. First on, information on where about the plane may be and secondly if there is a need for search and rescue. The search and rescue efforts are beginning to try to trace a plane and its passengers that have now been missing for over 12 hours. Vienna Irving, BBC News. Jonathan Head is at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, he says authorities are refusing to confirm the plane crashed. They're being extremely cautious about what they're saying. They're saying that at this stage there's no confirmation either that it's crashed or even where that might have happened. Now, the Vietnamese authorities are saying that they lost any radar contact with it. Just before it reached Vietnamese airspace. That would put it somewhere a little close to Vietnam, but right out in the South China Sea. The Malaysian authorities are not confirming that at all, all they're saying is that radar contact was lost two hours after the flight took off a little after midnight from this airport. And nothing else. They're being extremely careful. There have been a number of wild rumours floating around and that is very distressing for the families. And while most of those on board were indeed Chinese, there were close to forty people from Malaysia. So their families are being held in a special area in the terminal here, waiting for any kind of news that they can be given. Jonathan Head in Kuala Lumpur. Stay with us for more updates.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 14 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Producer: BBC News
Views: 77
Posted by: lien01 on Apr 10, 2014

The video is about the Malaysian airplane that has gone missing. The BBC reports about this disaster.

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