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Malaysia Airlines says flight to Beijing is missing

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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. 

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