BRISBANE: The passenger list for the missing Malaysia Airlines has been released. To view complete passenger list, click here. The flight with 239 people lost contact with air traffic control somewhere between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. 6 Australians are also among the 239 travelers and crew on board.
Kerin Ayyalaraju, the DFAT spokeswoman, said that the Australian consular officials were constantly in contact with Malaysia Airlines. He said Malaysian Airlines is contacting relatives of the passengers on board.
There were 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, 6 Australians, 3 Americans and 2 Canadians on the flight. Also passengers from New Zealand, Italy, France, Ukraine, Canada, Russia, Netherlands, Austria and Taiwan are reported to be on board. Flight MH370 includes two infants and 12 crew members.
Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a 53-year-old Malaysian captain, was the flight’s pilot. He has flown around for 18,000 hours. The first officer was 27 years old, Fariq Ab Hamid, another Malaysian, who has been in air for more than 2700 hours.
Lincoln Lee, Malaysia Airlines spokesman, confirmed the presence of multiple Australian passengers on the flight to Beijing, a Boeing 777 aircraft that did not have any contact with air-traffic control after departing Kuala Lumpur. Search and rescue teams are on their way, trying to find the missing plane. The airline lost contact with B777-200 aircraft after it departed from Kuala Lumpur.
Conflicting reports have surfaced with claims by Vietnamese and Chinese media that the missing plane’s signal had been detected somewhere in the middle of the ocean. Those reports, however, had been incorrect, and search is still on for the missing plane while the arrivals board at Beijing’s International Airport is still showing the Malaysian Airlines flight as delayed.