MH370News:2014/Day 002

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Day 002: Sunday, 9 March 2014

News Summary

9:00 AM
Press conference by Director General of Department Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines
11:00 AM
Acting Transport Minister addressed air turn-back, CCTV footage of passengers with stolen passports at KLIA and assets deployed for SAR efforts
1:00 PM
Royal Malaysian Airforce confirmed a possibility of air turn back
3:00 PM
Press conference by Director General of Department Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines was deferred in absence of new development
3:30 PM
Australia sent two air force P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to help in the rescue efforts. China sends in 2 amphibious transport docks, helicopters and a navy destroyer. Indonesia sends a navy corvette, patrol boat, three fast patrol vessels and a maritime patrol aircraft. The U.S deploys 2 aircraft, 2 navy ships and a helicopter.
4:00 PM
Oil slick found off Kelantan coast. Subsequent tests proved negative for jet fuel.
4:30 PM
Acting Transport Minister gave an update on international cooperation to search for MH370 and the increase in assets deployed
8:15 PM
DCA confirmed that search and rescue teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, New Zealand and the United States of America have come forward to assist. China continues to redeploy its assets to assist in the SAR effort including a coast guard and rescue vessels as well as retasking its military satellites.

Source: DCA (Malaysia) - Interactive Timeline

Media Statements

Sunday, March 09, 02:00 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 6th Media Statement

Sepang, 9 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines humbly asks all Malaysians and people around the world to pray for flight MH370.

It has been more than 24 hours since we last heard from MH370 at 1.30am. The search and rescue team is yet to determine the whereabouts of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. 

An international search and rescue mission from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam was mobilized yesterday morning. At this stage, they have failed to find evidence of any wreckage. The sea mission will continue overnight while the air mission will recommence at daylight.

We are dispatching all information as and when we receive it. The situation in Beijing is also being monitored closely. As many families of passengers are in China, we have deployed our “Go Team” to Beijing with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.

Once the whereabouts of the aircraft is determined, Malaysia Airlines will fly members of the family to the location. Travel arrangements and expenses of immediate family members will be borne by Malaysia Airlines. 

Our sole priority now is to provide all assistance to the families of the passengers and our staff. We are also working closely with the concerned authorities in the search and rescue operation

The families may contact +603 7884 1234 (Kuala Lumpur) / +8610 6437 6249 (Beijing)

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

There will be a press conference at Sama Sama Hotel at 9.00 am today 9 March 2014 by DCA.








       亲属可以联络:+603 7884 1234 (吉隆坡) / +8610 6437 6249 (北京)

       媒体可以联络:+603 8777 5698 / +603 8787 1276

       马来西亚民航局将于今天早晨9点在吉隆坡Sama Sama酒店举行新闻发布会。

Source: Malaysia Airlines MAS-MS6-002-ZH

Sunday, March 09, 09:30 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 7th Media Statement

Sepang, 9 March 2014:  More than 24 hours after the lost of contact with Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the search and rescue teams are still unable to detect the whereabouts of the missing aircraft.

The airline is doing its utmost to provide support to the affected family members, this includes immediate financial aid.

The airline has deployed a team of 94 caregivers consisting of well-trained staff and also Tzu Chi Foundation members to provide emotional support to the families. The airline will also be deploying another set of caregivers to Beijing later today.

Last night, a Malaysia Airlines’ Senior Management team arrived at Beijing to address the media and met with family members. Families of affected passengers in Kuala Lumpur were also met by the team.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines will set up a command center at Kota Bharu, Malaysia or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam as soon as the location of the aircraft is established and the airline will make the necessary arrangements.

The airline is continuously working with the authorities in providing assistance. In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, USA will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time.

Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will continue to be transparent in communicating with the general public in all matters affecting MH370.









Source: Malaysia Airlines MAS-MS7-002-ZH

Sunday, March 09, 02:43 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 8th Media Statement

Statement by MAS GCEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya

Together with all those affected by the MH370 incident, we understand the need to provide regular updates on the progress of the search and rescue operations. As the hours turn into days, we at Malaysia Airlines are similarly anxious and we appreciate the patience, support and prayers from everyone.

We however acknowledge that the most affected group in this incident is the families of those on-board. As such, our primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals and emotional support. Initial financial assistance has been given out to all families. Caregivers are already assigned to each family and they are trained staff and volunteers from Malaysia and Australia.

Family members of the MH370 passengers from Beijing who wish to travel will be flown in stages to Kuala Lumpur on the available flights. We are also communicating with the families from other nations to similarly arrange for their travel to Kuala Lumpur.

In the event flight MH370 is located, a Response Control Centre (RCC) in the area will be activated to support the needs of families.

The airline continues to work with the authorities and we appreciate the help we are receiving from all parties during this critical and difficult time.











Source: Malaysia Airlines MAS-MS8-002-ZH