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Boeing to join US team as mystery deepens over missing flight MH370

Family members of those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry at a hotel in Putrajaya March 9, 2014. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Boeing, the makers of the missing plane in the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH 370, announced today it is en route to join investigations into the incident.

Boeing will be joining the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team, which also included technical advisers from the US Federal Aviation Administration and the US air safety regulator and Boeing Co.

“Boeing offers its deepest concern to the families of those aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,” said a short two-paragraph statement on its website here.

“Boeing will join the US National Transportation Safety Board team as a technical advisor. The team is now en route to the area so they will be positioned to offer assistance.”

Flight MH370 is a Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft that was purchased in 2002, bearing the registration number 9M-MRO.

The Boeing was built in April 2002 and delivered to MAS on May 31, 2002, according to the database in Aviation Week, a global aviation industry service provider, making it nearly 12 years old.

The last crash involving a 777 with the same engine was on January 17, 2008, when a British Airways Boeing 777-236ER flying from Beijing to London crash-landed at Heathrow airport.

Malaysia’s worst plane crash involved a Boeing 737-200 — MH653 — that crashed into a swamp in Tanjong Kupang in Johor on December 4, 1977, killing all onboard.