Malaysia Airlines and authorities on Saturday activated a search and rescue team to locate a passenger plane that went missing while on the way to Beijing a few hours earlier.
"The plane left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:55 a.m. and lost contact with the air traffic controller at about 02:40 am," an airline official said.
"We have organized a team to help locate the plane," she said without elaborating.
Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that Flight 370 was carrying a total of 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m.