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| | Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane Found? Did Plane Land in China? Rumors Denied by Officials
Malaysia Airlines and Chinese officials are denying rumors about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. |
The airline is denying rumors that the flight has been “found.”
It went missing on Saturday morning Asia time. The plane took off just after midnight from Kuala Lumpur and was supposed to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. but air traffic control lost communication with it around 2:40 a.m.
Rumors are flying that the plane has already been found, but an airline executive emphasized to CNN that the plane hasn’t been found.
Other rumors claim that the plane crash landed in Nanming, China. Chinese authorities–known for being secretive, especially in such scenarios–denied these reports.
The Malaysia Digest is one of the main sources of these rumors, publishing a story that says that “unconfirmed reports of flight MH370 landed safely in Nanming.”
“Early reports say that the aircraft had experienced a cockpit electronics malfunction,” it said. “As of this moment, the flight crew and all 239 passengers onboard are believed to be unharmed as some of the crew has already informed their families of their safety.” The website took down the link before putting it back up again.
Malaysia Airlines said that it is searching for the plane, and will let people know when it has been found. The plane had 227 passengers from 13 different countries, including China and Australia, and will let people know when it has been found.
The plane was a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The model never in its 20 year history had a fatal crash until the Asiana crash in San Francisco in July 2013 that killed three and left dozens of others wounded.
This specific plane was 11.8 years old and had a clean safety record.
Story developing; check back for updates