Two Canadians among missing in Malaysia Airlines disaster
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11:45 -
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed two Canadians were aboard the Boeing 777 that went missing less than an hour after take-off in the early morning, as aircraft spot signs of the planes' fate.
They are two of 239 passengers and crew who were aboard flight MH370. Most of the passengers are Chinese nationals, with citizens from other nations in Asia, North America and Europe, according to the Associated Press.
A spokesperson for the airline says they weren't able to contact the Canadians' families, but did notify Canadian embassy officials in Malaysia.
Our thoughts & deepest prayers are with those affected by the disappearance of the plane in Malaysia. #cdnpoli— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) March 8, 2014
The plane vanished from radar screens shortly after it took off from Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing, China, early Saturday morning.
Regional navies and aircraft have been combing the region, and late Saturday morning Vietnamese air force planes reported spotting two oil slicks near where the missing plane was last reported, the first concrete signs of its fate.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said there had been no distress call, indicating whatever befell the plane was sudden and catastrophic.
We understand everyone's concern on MH370 pax & crew. We're accelerating every effort with all relevant authorities to locate the aircraft.— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 8, 2014
AFP reports there were no indications of rough weather, and both Malaysia Airlines and the model of Boeing 777 used for the flight have good safety records.
While the area was affected by jet stream winds at the time of the plane's disappearance, the system was strongest over China, far to the north, at the time.
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With files from the Associated Press.