Malaysia Airlines released a brief Media Statement at 07:24 MYT, in English and Mandarin. This was the first official notification to the media that an incident had occurred. The words lost contact were chosen carefully:-
Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).
The stated time (2:40 am) likely refers to when MAS ODC attempted to contact MH370 by sending a test message which failed.
Saturday, March 08, 07:30 AM MYT +0800 Media Statement - MH370 Incident released at 7.24am
Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).
Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. Meanwhile, the families may contact +603 7884 1234 for further info.
航空公司将会根据事件进展及时提供最新讯息。公众可以联络+603 7884 1234了解更多信息。
Source: Malaysia Airlines MAS-MS1-001-ZH
The first Media Statement by Malaysia Airlines stated that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am.
From Malaysia Airlines' perspective, loss of contact was confirmed after a test message sent at 02:38:51 MYT, requesting an acknowledgement, failed even after repeated attempts.
- Later, the loss of contact was established to be at approximately 01:21 MYT which is when Air Traffic Controllers detected that the Mode S symbol of MH370 dropped off from radar displays at 0120:36 MYT, 0120:45 MYT or 0121:13 MYT.