Malaysia Airlines Plane 'Loses Contact': Malaysia Airlines says a plane - flight MH370 - carrying 239 people "has lost contact" with air traffic control. : worldnews Latest updates: Malaysia Airlines lose contact with plane bound for BeijingÃ¢€“ live | World news | theguardian.com http://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/1zutek/contact_lost_with_plane_bound_for_beijing/cfx70u2 Any communications? They have VHF, HF, SATCOM, ACARS, CPDLC and Malaysia Airlines are not in contact with them. Last contact is Vietnam and did not enter China/Hong Kong. Any emergency beacon? Yes. It has 2 ELT. One manual and one is always armed. They will be activated on impact. Search and rescue is happening now. For the VHF transponder, they would need to go within 250miles of the source. It will transmit over satellite too. MAS has this onboard Did they land at Nanning? Nope. Its from a fake source and local news picks it up. Is it possible that they are still flying now? Nope. The fuel would be depleted 4+ hrs ago. Is it hijacked? Unlikely. Because radar, flight data, communications is lost. Is it better to land at sea or land? Landing at sea is dangerous. Rescue workers can't get to them. If its a crash, water surface tension is as hard as concrete. Landing at flat land is much safer. Waves and water crease makes it dangerous to land in the sea. If any part of the plane gets in contact with water, it would rip the plane apart. Is there any distress signal? Nope. It just disappeared with no distress call/signal. Do they know where the plane is? Nope. Its still missing and Malaysia Airlines does not know where the aircraft is. No data from the plane. They found the aircraft distress beacon? This news most likely fake. How can a plane disappear? Since they disappear without any radio call, data downlink or any other communication, they are "lost". Radar is supposed to see them but since they cant at the time of disappearance, we can only speculate. For the normal route, the plane should not have lost radar contact. They would have been transferred from Lumpur Control to Ho Chi Minh Control without loss of radar. update: Vietnam Military denies they found any wreckage. 2.55pm LT Is this information legit? Yes, its most of it is from the MAS news conference. And I am an airline pilot flying a 777-200. Vietnam found the wreckage? From MAS "unconfirmed". Not officially from MAS but reputable Vietnam news sources are reporting it. update: MAS and DCA (Department of Civil Aviation) says no news of wreckage. Ministry of Defense, Hishammuddin Hussein is contacting the Vietnam Navy to confirm the news. update2: No wreckage from Vietnam Navy Is weather a factor? Nope. Weather is fine. When did the plane lose contact? 2 Hours into flight. 140miles of the east Malaysia coast at 35,000ft. Its cruising in clear weather. At this time passengers just had their meal. How old is the aircraft? 12 years. How long is the flight supposed to be? About 6 hours. How is Malaysia Airlines' track record? MAS has a very good track record. Since 1947 there is only 2 flight with fatalities. Malaysia Airlines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia How is the 777's track record? 777 is really reliable. As of 2013 only 3 hull loss. Boeing 777 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Why does it take so long for the Airline to announce the plane is gone? Last contact is at 2:40am and the official announcement is at about 6am. This is because the aircraft is scheduled to land at 6.30am and have enough fuel to fly maybe until 8am. The aircraft might still be flying (then). That and it has to go through "several countries" and maybe they had some protocol for this.