Search intensifies for lost Malaysian plane
Updated: 2014-03-08 17:03
(Xinhua and agencies)
All-out efforts must be made for any emergency treatment necessary in the aftermath of the incident, Xi said in his remarks about the incident.
The Ministry of Transportation and the Civil Aviation Administration must launch emergency measures immediately and enhance security checks to ensure the "absolute safety" of China's civil aviation operations, according to the president.
Ships, Aircraft on Standby
Eight ships belonging to the Nanhai Rescue Bureau and the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration are on standby to locate the missing plane and rescue any survivors. An aircraft fleet is reportedly also ready to take off.
Yang Chuantang, Chinese Minister of Transport, announced the launch of the highest-degree of the national emergency response mechanism.
The ministry is closely observing the incident and actively coordinating with domestic authorities as well as maritime rescue authorities and civil aviation administrations in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Malaysia Airlines denies crash
The Beijing-bound flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200, departed Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur at 12:42am Beijing time on Saturday, and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30am the same day.
The plane went missing over the South China Sea, presumed crashed, as ships from countries closest to its flight path scoured a large search area for any wreckage.
Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had reported that the flight had crashed off southern Vietnam, but Malaysia's transport minister later denied that any crash scene had been identified.
"We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane. And doing everything we can to ensure every possible angle has been addressed," Hishamuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s Transport Minister, told reporters near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
"We are looking for accurate information from the Malaysian military. They are waiting for information from the Vietnamese side," he said.
Vietnam's state-run Tuoi Tre news also quoted Admiral Ngo Van Phat as qualifying his earlier remarks about a crash site having been identified, saying he had been referring to a presumed crash site beneath the plane's flight path using information supplied by Malaysia.
A crash, if confirmed, would mark the US-built Boeing 777-200 airliner's deadliest incident since entering service 19 years ago.
The plane disappeared without giving a distress signal - a chilling echo of an Air France flight that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board. It vanished for hours without issuing a distress call.
Vanished after 35,000ft
The flight MH370 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 read to an earlier news conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Flight tracking website flightaware.com showed the plane flew northeast over Malaysia after takeoff and climbed to an altitude of 35,000 feet. The flight vanished from the website's tracking records a minute later while it was still climbing.<