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Malaysia Airlines: Flight loses contact with air traffic control, missing

Malaysia Airlines 747
Malaysia Airlines 747
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A Malaysia Airlines flight has lost contact with air traffic control. The plane is carrying 239 passengers (including 12 crew members) and its current location and status are unknown. On March 8 (local time) the flight departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. According to Business Insider, the plane is due to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. The contact between the aircraft and the airline was lost two hours into the flight.

"Malaysia Airlines vp operations tells CNN missing Beijing-bound plane had enough fuel for seven hrs, would have ran out about an hour ago," tweeted Lana Lam.

Malaysia Airlines is cooperating with authorities as an investigation has been launched. Search and rescue teams have been called in to locate the aircraft. The plane's current location is unknown and some are fearing the worst.

"We’re closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370. Our thoughts are with everyone on board," Boeing said in a statement (via Business Insider). Since the plane didn't make it to Beijing and no other airports have confirmed that the plane landed safely, fears that the plane crashed somewhere along its route are becoming very real.

According to CNN Live, the airline has said that they are reaching out to next of kin of all passengers on board the aircraft.

This is Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

© Effie Orfanides 2014