5 Indians on board missing Malaysian plane
Five Indians, including three from one family, and an Indian-origin Canadian were among the 239 people on board the Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines plane
Beijing/Kuala Lumpur: Five Indians, including three from one family, and an Indian-origin Canadian were among the 239 people on board the Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing and is presumed to have crashed today.
The five have been identified as Chetna Kolekar,55, Swanand Kolekar, 23, Vinod Kolekar, 59, Chandrika Sharma, 51, and Kranti Shirsath, 44, the Indian Embassy in Beijing said.
Sharma was a member of an NGO from Chennai and had taken the flight from Kuala Lumpur on her way to Mongolia to participate in a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) conference.
One Indian-origin Canadian Muktesh Mukherjee, 42, was also on board the flight.
Other details of the Indians on board were not immediately available.
The Boeing 777-200 Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers, including two infants, from 14 different nationalities and 12 crew members disappeared at 0240 local time (23:10 IST) last night.
Malaysia Airlines said the last point of contact with the plane was approximately 120 nautical miles east of Kota Baru in South China Sea.
The airlines group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said a search and rescue mission had been launched in the area after the aircraft lost contact.
Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines has asked family members of the passengers to gather at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport this evening with valid passports.
Malaysian plane crashed off Vietnam coast; 5 Indians on board
A Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing with 239 people on board, including five Indians, today crashed into waters off Vietnam’s southern Phu Quoc Island, Vietnamese media reported.
The Boeing 777-200 Flight MH370 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board crashed 250 km off coast of Tho Chu island, Vietnamese newspaper Tuoi Tre (Youth) quoted Rear Admiral Ngo Van Phat, political commissar of the Fifth Naval Region of Vietnam, as saying.
A fresh passengers’ list issued by the airline said five Indians were among the 239 passengers on board the aircraft, correcting its previous account in which Indians were not mentioned.
“At the moment, there are no Vietnamese navy boats in that area so we have to ask boats from Phu Quoc island to be prepared for rescue,” the admiral said.
From the report it was not clear how the admiral knew about the crash or whether the wreckage of the ill-fated plane has been located.
There is no confirmation about the report from the Malaysian authorities.
Chinese media is reporting the plane may have crashed into the South China Sea, state-run Xinhua news agency said.
The plane took off at 12:41 a.m. (local time) and lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control near Kuala Lumpur almost two hours later at 2:40 a.m, the airlines said.
The fresh list of passengers issued by the airline mentions people of 14 nationalities including Indians.
The plane disappeared in the night somewhere over South China Sea while enroute to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
“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 earlier 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.
Those on board include 5 Indians, 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 7 Indonesians, 6 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.
Confusion and chaos prevailed in Beijing where the planed was due to land at 6.30 AM.
Relatives of the 152 Chinese passengers rushed to the airport and later the Malaysian Airline office to find about the fate of their near dear ones.