Malaysia flight 'has lost contact'

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people bound for Beijing has lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said Friday.

The airline said in a statement that Flight MH370 disappeared Saturday at 2.40am local time (1.40am Thai time). The plane, a Boeing 777-200, left Kuala Lumpur just after midnight Saturday, and had been due to arrive in Beijing at 6.30am local time (5.30am Thailand time).

"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft," the carrier said.

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