Malaysia Airlines has said it has lost contact with one of its airplanes that was carrying 239 people.
"We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing," said CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya in a statement.
Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. and lost contact with air traffic control two hours later.
The flight was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m.
Reuters is reporting that radar contact was lost over Vietnam's airspace.
The B77-200 aircraft was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, according to a press release. The passengers were of 13 different nationalities.
Malaysia Airlines' VP of operations reportedly told CNN that the missing plane had enough fuel for seven hours, and that it would have run out of fuel an hour ago, tweeted Lana Lam of South China Morning Post.
"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft," the airline said in the release.
Boeing tweeted this statement: "We’re closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370. Our thoughts are with everyone on board."
The Boeing 777-200 is a long-range aircraft powered by two jet engines, according to Airliners.net,
Here's the full press release:
Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).
Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for further info.
We will update the story as it develops...
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