The U.S. Embassy is closely following the developments regarding Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of those on board the Malaysia Airlines flight.
At this time, we can confirm that three U.S. citizens were on board. We are in contact with the individuals’ families. Out of respect for them, we are not providing additional information at this time. We are working to assess whether additional U.S. citizens may have been on board the flight.
The United States Navy Seventh Fleets is sending the USS Pinckney, along with a P-3C aircraft to assist in search efforts. The USS Pinckney (DDG 91), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, is en route to the southern coast of Vietnam to aid in the search efforts. The ship could be in vicinity of the missing jet within 24 hours and carries two MH-60R helicopters which can be equipped for search and rescue. In addition, A P-3C Orion aircraft will also depart shortly from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan bringing long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts.
Malaysia Airlines has established dedicated phone numbers for family members and friends of passengers to contact the airline directly for information. Family and friends should contact the airline at +603 8787 126 or +603 87871629. The airline is also providing updates to the general public on its website, http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/hq/en.html.