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4 Americans Aboard Missing Malaysia Airliner

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Update (9:20 PM):

According to Malaysia Airlines, there are four Americans (including one infant) on board the missing flight.

Update (7:45 PM):

A new statement with regard to the missing plane has been released by Malaysia Airlines:

"We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today.

Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing B777-200 aircraft. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 13 different nationalities. Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft. Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.

Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members. The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.

Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA's South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269."

Original Story:

(CNN) Malaysia Airlines flight 370, carrying 239 people, including 2 infants departed Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing, but has gone missing.
The airline said in a statement that Air Traffic Control in Malaysia lost contact with Flight 370 at 2:40 a.m. (12:40 p.m. ET Friday).
A search-and-rescue team has been activated.
The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip.
A statement released by the airline said, in part:
"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft."
The public can call +603 7884 1234 for further information.
The airline operates in Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and on the route between Europe and Australasia.
Here is the entire statement issued by Malaysia Airlines:

Sepang, 8 March 2014: "Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).

Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.

Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for further info."

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