Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 people, still missing

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people aboard - 227 passengers and 12 crew members, is still missing after it went out of radar at 02:40 local time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday) after leaving Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane was expected to land in Beijing 06:30 (22:30 GMT).

As of the press time, Malaysia's transport minister said there was no information on wreckage.

"We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane," Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

"Our hope is that the people understand we are being as transparent as we can, we are giving information as quickly as we can, but we want to make sure information has been verified."

According to Malaysia Airline's report, the passengers are from 14 different countries. All crew on-board are from Malaysia.

Here's the break down of the passengers by nationality:

Nationality Total
China/Taiwan 153 including infant/1
Malaysia 38
India 5
Indonesia 7
Australia 6
France 4
USA 3 including infant
New Zealand 2
Ukraine 2
Canada 2
Russian 1
Italy 1
Netherlands 1
Austrian 1

Malaysia Airlines expressed their deepest sympathy and prayers to all affected passengers and crew and their families.

For those who want to know more about the progress of the search and rescue operation of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, you can contact +603 7884 1234. While all media inquiries will be entertained on this number: +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.