Malaysia Airlines says flight MH370 carrying 239 people bound for Beijing “has lost contact” with air traffic control.

The state-owned carrier said the Boeing 777-200 disappeared this morning at 2.40am local time.

It left Kuala Lumpur just after midnight and was due to arrive in Beijing at 6.30am local time.

Malaysia Airlines said the flight was carrying 227 passengers (including two children) and 12 crew members, from 13 different countries.

They include 153 Chinese nationals, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, seven Australians, four Americans, two New Zealanders, two Ukrainians, two Canadians, one Russian, one Austrian, one Italian, one Taiwanese and one Dutch citizen.

The carrier said it was working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue teams to locate the aircraft.

It is also contacting the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members,” Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement…. see more

source: skynews