Update 1:35 PM
Update 1:30 News from Vietnam again. Reports coming in that Vietnam Navy officer observed something falling into the sea, southwest off Ca Mau, the southern most point of Vietnam.
Update 12:50 :
1. China has deployed two rescue ships to the South China Sea to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, state-run broadcaster CCTV said.
2. Reports coming in again that Viet Navy officer observed something falling into sea 120 miles (220 km) southwest of Ca Mau in Vietnam.
There is some confusion over exact number of passengers, especially Chinese nationals. Is it 158 Chinese nationals or 153? (Total Chinese nationals supposed to be 160 but two missed flight). Also numbers of passengers does not tally exactly to 227. American TV news says they get 228 passengers.
Malaysian Airlines please check facts quickly. end update 12:50 pm.
Update 12:35 pm :
China's state news agency reported that the plane lost communication over Vietnam with air traffic control in the Ho Chi Minh area and that radar contact also was lost. Citing a local Vietnamese media report, the agency said a Vietnamese search and rescue official reported that signals have been detected from the plane from about 120 miles (220km) southwest of Vietnam's southernmost coastal province of Ca Mau..
Malaysia Airlines said the flight was carrying 227 passengers (including two children) and 12 crew members, from 13 different countries.
They include 153 Chinese nationals, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, seven Australians, four Americans, two New Zealanders, two Ukrainians, two Canadians, one Russian, one Austrian, one Italian, one Taiwanese and one Dutch citizen.
end update from SkyNews here.
Updated 12:20 :
Update 12:15 pm : An official at the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said the plane had failed to check in as scheduled while it was flying over the sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City. "Its code didn't appear in our system," Bui Van Vo, the authority's flight control department manager, told Reuters by telephone.
China's official Xinhua news agency also quoted the Civil Aviation Administration of China as saying the flight lost contact while flying through Vietnamese airspace.
China's aviation regulators said they had not received any signals from the plane and that there had been no reports of any aircraft crashing in Chinese waters.
China is helping to locate the aircraft, Chinese state television said on one of its official microblogs."
"Xinhua also quoted Chinese aviation authorities saying the plane did not enter China's air traffic control sphere. A spokeswoman with a Thai agency that monitors the country's airspace told AFP the plane also did not cross over Thailand. Vietnamese officials said they had no information on the plane."
Malaysia Airlines hunts for missing plane carrying 239 AFP
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia Airlines said a flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing early Saturday, and the airline was notifying next of kin in a sign it expected the worst.
MH370 disappeared at 2:40 am local time (1840 GMT Friday), about two hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It had been due to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am local time (2230 GMT Friday).
It was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, from 13 different nationalities, and 12 crew members.
China's state television said 158 of the passengers were Chinese.
The statement said the Malaysian flag carrier was working with authorities, who had launched an effort to locate the aircraft.
"Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew," Ahmad Jauhari said.
The airline's Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route passes roughly over the Indochinese peninsula.
- 'Contact lost over Vietnam airspace' -
A report by China's Xinhua news agency said contact was lost with the plane while it was over Vietnamese airspace. Xinhua also quoted Chinese aviation authorities saying the plane did not enter China's air traffic control sphere.
A Beijing airport spokeswoman said the facility had activated an emergency response system. Screens at the airport indicated the flight was "delayed."
Boeing ..issued a brief statement on its Twitter feed : "We’re closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370. Our thoughts are with everyone on board," it said.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has suffered few accidents in its history. One of its jets crashed in 1977 in southern Malaysia, killing all 93 passengers and seven crew. A smaller Twin Otter aircraft, operated by its unit MASwings, crashed upon landing in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo island last October, killing a co-pilot and a passenger.
"BEIJING (Reuters) - Radar contact with a Malaysian Airlines aircraft that has gone missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was lost in airspace controlled by Vietnam in the early hours of Saturday morning, China's Xinhua news agency said.
The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers, Xinhua added, in a report on one of its official microblogs".
Early morning newsreport :
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines said Saturday it lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Flight MH370 lost contact with the Subang air traffic control at 2:40 a.m. Saturday (18:40 GMT Friday). The flight was operated on the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. Saturday (16:41 GMT Friday) and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday (22:30 GMT Friday).
The airline said it was working with the authorities who activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft.
The flight was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members, the airline said.
My comments : I received an early morning sms. More information will be coming soon. We pray everything is fine.