Malaysia Airlines Plane Goes Missing Mid-Flight

The missing plane was carrying 239 people and left Kuala Lumpur heading for Beijing.
Posted at 9:05 PM, Mar 07, 2014

An Asian airline announced Friday evening they've lost contact with a plane carrying 239 people, including 12 crew members and two infants. 

Malaysia Airlines posted a statement to their Facebook page saying Subang Air Traffic Control lost contact with Flight MH370 around 1:40 p.m. EST. The plane left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city, heading for Beijing. (Via Facebook / Malaysia Airlines)

The missing plane is a Boeing 777-200ER, which is the world's largest twinjet airplane. (Via YouTube / Chris B)

FlightAware shows the more than 2,700-mile path the flight was taking to its destination. The plane was supposed to land around 5:30 Friday evening. 

Jon Ostrower, an aerospace and Boeing beat reporter for The Wall Street Journal, tweeted that the air corridor between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing is busy for flights in Southeast and East Asia. He added that the 777 has only had two prior "hull losses," which are aviation accidents in which the aircraft is unsalvageable. (Via Twitter / @jonostrower)

Malaysia Airlines said in their statement they've contacted local authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to find the missing aircraft. Stick with Newsy for more updates on this story.