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Flight missing: Malaysia Airlines passenger flight 'missing,' feared down

ABC News
ABC News
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is missing and thought down.

Flight missing? Malaysia Airlines is reporting that they have lost contact with Flight 370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The airlines said the flight left Malaysia on Saturday and was bound for Beijing. A search and rescue team has been activated to locate the missing passenger plane, now thought crashed.

According to CNN on Friday, the missing plane would likely have run out of fuel if in fact it was still airborne. On the flight are three adult Americans and an infant.

“The plane left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:55 a.m. and lost contact with the air traffic controller at about 2:40 a.m.,” an airline official said. “We have organized a team to help locate the plane.”

Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya released a statement that said: “Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew. Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support.”

Yahya’s words did not sound too hopeful.

“We deeply regret that we have lost all contact,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.”

When the plane lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control, it was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel. The flight was taking an overland route, meaning it’s unlikely that it would be out of reach of radio towers.

Chinese state TV has said there had not been any reports received yet about any aircraft crashed in Chinese waters, CBS News reported.

Malaysia Airlines said the airliner was captained by an experienced pilot, a 53-year-old who had 18,365 hours of flying since joining the airline since 1981, reports ABC News.

Flight information at the airport in Beijing still shows the flight as being "delayed."