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Breaking: Plane Goes Missing With 239 People Aboard

March 8-9:09 p.m.

Malaysia Airlines officials said in a statement that they've lost contact with a Beijing destined commercial aircraft carrying 239 people, which includes two infants and 12 crew members.

At the time of the flight, some light rain and snow was in the area, AccuWeather Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

Flight MH370 made its departure from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m., on March 8. The Boeing 777-200 was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m.

"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft," they said in a statement.

According to the statement, Subang Air Traffic Control reported that they lost contact at 2.40 a.m., Malaysia time.

According to, the plane reached an altitude of 35,000 feet.

"Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support," Malaysia Airlines said in the statement, notifying next-of-kin with how to get in contact with the airline. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members. The airline will provide regular updates on the situation."

Reppert said there was some light precipitation over South and Central China, but any precipitation that would have formed would have been well below the flight level at around 15,000 feet.

For updates follow Malasyia Airline's official statement.