外文标题：Malaysia Airlines says lost contact with plane carrying 239 people
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew lost contact with air traffic controllers early on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the airline said in a statement.
"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search-and-rescue teams to locate the aircraft," it said.
Flight MH 370, operating a Boeing B777-200 aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.21 a.m. (1621 GMT Friday) and had been expected to land in the Chinese capital at 6.30 a.m. (2230 GMT) the same day.
The airline said the flight had lost contact with Malaysian air traffic controllers at 2.40 a.m., just over two hours into the flight.
China's CCTV said 160 Chinese nationals were onboard the flight, according to microblogging website Weibo.
Chinese state TV also reported there had not been any reports received yet about any aircraft crashed in Chinese waters.
State news agency Xinhua reported radar contact with the flight was lost while it was in Vietnamese airspace.
If the plane is found to have crashed, the loss would mark the second fatal accident involving a Boeing 777 in less than a year, after an unblemished safety record since the jet entered service in 1995.
Last summer, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash landed in San Francisco, killing three passengers.
Boeing said it was aware of reports that the Malaysia Airlines plane was missing and was monitoring the situation but had no further comment.
Hope they are ok, in boeing's defense the San Fran crash was pilot error, nothing to do with the airline.
Most likely pilot error...check the relevant hillsides. Or perhaps VN shot them down
No big deal......just another from of population control . Lots more wherever they came from !
Too bad you weren't on board.
It would have been a far more worthwhile form of population control if your parents had used prophylactics.
The Asiana crash was certainly not due to the plane, but to doufus pilots. As for this one, hopefully there will be survivors. But, that's not very likely for a mid air disappearance.
So sad to hear but the 777 is a great plane. I hope they find out the cause. My condolences so all affected by this.
Good bless these people and keep them safe. May you give the pilots courage and wisdom to return to land safely.
Please do not let these people perish.
Praying for everyone on board.....
Lost contact? As if they're still in the air somewhere and can't be reached? Alien abduction? The plane crashed. Do we really need to wait for a govt agency to tell us what to think? As if the outcome isn't already known? RIP poor souls.
who done it, yeap take a wild guess, it was in direct route to an ADIZ, yeah per, i told you so, they did it
What a tragedy. My thoughts are with the families at this time. I can only hope that they will quickly locate the plane and be able to provide some answers about what went wrong.
Oh no..this doesn't look good..
lets hope they can swim...
All planes flying long distances should have 4 engines, not 2 engines. A friend was on a plane with 2 engines. It hit an air pocket and dropped about 100 feet. That fall knocked out one engine. It could easily have knocked out both engines.
Airlines will only fly twin jets as they much more economical to operate instead of jets with 3 or more engines.To them it's all about saving money.Besides jet engines are so reliable that failure is very rare considering the number of flights each day.A typical engine for say a B-777 costs about 12 million dollars for a new engine.
And how exactly do you know if it was engine failure? Planes have crashed many times with engines that were running perfectly the whole time.
Grumpy Old SOB
Was there not another plane that disappeared in that part of the world a few years ago...and never found
Jack be nimble
I got a bad feeling about this one.
i guess the plane got lost in Beijing smog.