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Malaysia Airlines Loses Contact With Plane Carrying 239 People

Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane with 239 aboard travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane with 239 aboard travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The airline said in a statement early Saturday it was attempting to locate the Boeing 777 after it lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 a.m. It was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m.

China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported the plane was lost in airspace controlled by Vietnam, and did not make contact with Chinese air traffic controllers. China is assisting the airline in its search for the plane, Xinhua said.

The plane is carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members. The airline's CEO said in a statement that the passengers are of 13 different nationalities and the airline is currently notifying next-of-kin about the situation.

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