Navy: Malaysia Airlines Flight Crashed into the Ocean
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing several hours ago has apparently crash landed into the South China Sea. The aircraft, which departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. local time with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board, was originally scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m.
Media reports in Vietnam are saying that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed that flight MH370 crashed into the ocean. The daily newspaper Tuoi Tre reportd that Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat said that military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles (246 kilometers) south of Phu Quoc island.
Earlier, the airline released the names of the pilot and first officer. The pilot is Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53 years. He has been flying for Malaysia Airlines since 1981 and has 18,365 flying hours. First officer Fariq Ab. Hamid, also Malaysian, 27, joined the airline in 2007 and has 2,763 hours.
The passengers, whose names have not yet been released, came from 14 different countries. Over 150 were from China, and 38 were from Malaysia. Three adults and one infant were reportedly from the U.S.