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Malaysia Airlines passenger plane missing en route to Beijing

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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.