Malaysia Airlines Says It Lost Contact With Plane
Malaysia Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, said that it has lost contact with one of its planes en route to China.
In a statement released at 7:24 a.m. local time on Saturday, the airline said that flight MH370, which departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. local time with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board, was originally scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m.
The plane went missing two hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
It was lost in airspace controlled by Vietnam, China’s Xinhua state news agency said.
“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the carrier said.
The airline said it will provide regular updates and hold a press conference later in the day.
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