Malaysia Airlines Loses Contact With Flight Carrying 239


[] -A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people has lost contact with air traffic control and was still missing two hours after it was supposed to have landed in Beijing, the airline said Saturday morning.

nbcnews-ux-720-440 WEBThe airline told NBC News that a search-and-rescue mission was under way for Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200, and that relatives of those on board were being notified.

The flight from Kuala Lumpur, carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members, had been scheduled to land at 6:30 a.m. in Beijing (5:30 p.m. ET Friday). But Subang Air Traffic Control in Malaysia reported that it lost contact at 2:40 a.m. (1:40 p.m. ET Friday).

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members,” the airline said.

Boeing told CNBC it was aware of the report and was monitoring the situation.

The 777-200 is considered one of the safest aircraft in the world. U.S. aviation records show fewer than 60 incidents, most of them minor, since it made its debut in 1997.

The jet’s fire-resistant interior and strong seats were credited with limiting casualties in July when another 777-200, this one operated by Asiana Airlines,crashed at the San Francisco airport. Only two of the 307 people aboard were killed.  NBC NEWS.COM



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