A search and rescue operation has been launched after it was reported this morning that a Malaysia Airlines flight traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard has gone missing.
Flight MH370 disappeared at 2:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, around 2.5 hours after talking off. The airline made a statement about the Boeing777-200 that was meant to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. local time:
"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft," the carrier said.
Radar contact with the aircraft was lost in airspace controlled by Vietnam, according to Xinhua, which added that it did not make contact with Chinese controllers. The aircraft likely run out of fuel, according to the airline.
"At the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now," Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji told CNN.
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UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island. Full story here.