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153 Chinese on board missing Malaysian Airlines flight
March 8, 2014, 4:34 am

A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 239 people, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, has lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said Saturday. This undated file photo from the internet shows a  Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 777 passenger plane (Xinhua)

A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 239 people, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, has lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said Saturday. An undated file photo shows a Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 passenger plane (Xinhua)

 

A Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost radar contact with air traffic control  and is reported “missing”.

A statement from Malaysian Airlines said 153 passengers on board the flight are Chinese.

38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, 7 Australians, 4 Americans, 1 Russian are also among the 227 passengers on the flight.

The Boeing B777-200 aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur at 00:41 a.m. Saturday, and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. the same day.

“The news is very disturbing. We hope everyone on the plane is safe,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Earlier local media reports about the missing Malaysian plane’s signal detected some 120 nautical miles southwest of Vietnam’s southernmost Ca Mau province are false, said officials in Vietnam.

Source: Agencies

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