Missing MH370: MAS refutes claims aircraft ran out of fuel

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) refuted claims that the aircraft ran out of fuel.

MAS chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the MH370 had enough fuel to fly up until 8.30am this morning.

We knew that the plane's fuel can last until 8.30am that is why we have to wait and investigate on why it has not landed in Beijing at 6.30am as scheduled before reporting the incident," he said at a press conference at Sama-Sama Hotel, Sepang.

Jauhari said the authorities have informed the Chinese and Vietnam authorities to assist in locating the missing aircraft.

He added the last radar contact with the 11 years old plane was at 2.40am today and the last position received was at the 120 northical after Kota Baru around south china sea.

Meanwhile AFP reported, the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that went missing early Saturday disappeared in Vietnamese airspace, the government said.

"The plane lost contact in Ca Mau province airspace before it had entered contact with Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control," a statement posted on the official Vietnamese government website said.

The plane was meant to transfer to Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control at 1722 GMT but never appeared, the statement said, citing a senior Ministry of Defence official.

Vietnam's Ministry of Defence has launched rescue efforts to find the plane, working in coordination with Malaysian and Chinese officials, the statement added