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08th Mar 2014

Search Operation In Place For Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

The plane is currently missing.

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has disappeared after air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane.

There have been reports that the airline landed in several places, but none of these are true according to Malaysia Airlines.

“At the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now,” Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji said on CNN’s “AC360.”

Malaysian Airlines Flight Reported Missing On Route To Beijing

Friends and family wait for news of the missing aircraft

The airline lost contact with Flight MH370 at about 2:40 a.m. local time (1:40 p.m. ET Friday), Sharuji said.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” said a statement issued by the airline.

We are doing everything we can to ensure every possible angle has been addressed,” Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein told reporters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

“We are looking for accurate information from the Malaysian military. They are waiting for information from the Vietnamese side,” he said.

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