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Malaysia Airlines passenger plane missing en route to Beijing

Malaysia Airlines loses airplane en route to Beijing on March 8, 2014
Malaysia Airlines loses airplane en route to Beijing on March 8, 2014

UPDATE: (3-15-2014, 1:30 a.m. CT): Malaysian Government concludes that the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was hijacked

Malaysia Airlines as well as authorities began a search and rescue effort on Saturday because a Malaysia Airline passenger plane was missing. The flight was on its way to Beijing a few hours before it was discovered that it had gone missing since it left Malaysia, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Friday night – United States time.

The plane left Kuala Lumpur International Airport just after midnight on Friday night-Saturday morning, Malaysian time. The airport’s air traffic controller completely lost contact with the passenger plane approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes later, said an official of the Malaysia Airline.

Without giving specific details to the current effort, the official said that the airline has organized a team to help locate the missing plane. Malaysia Airlines released a statement about the incident stating that 227 passengers which includes two infants and a flight crew of 12 were on the flight – Flight 370. Additionally, Flight 370 from Malaysia to Beijing was scheduled to land at 6:30 a.m.