Report: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight Carrying 239 People Crashed

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UPDATED 7:17 A.M. EST:

The Malaysia Airline Flight that disappeared without a trace Friday reportedly crashed in the South China Sea, Vietnamese state media said, quoting a senior naval official.

If the report is confirmed, it would mark the U.S.-built airliner’s deadliest crash since entering service 19 years ago, according to Reuters.

Malaysia Airlines has yet to confirm that the plane has crashed.

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A Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared without a trace Friday after losing all contact with air traffic control.

“At the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now,” Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji said on CNN’s “AC360.”

“We tried to call this aircraft through various means,” he said. The airline checked reports that the jet had landed in several places, but determined that none of the reports was true, he said.

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At the time of its disappearance, the plane was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel, Sharuji said.

The passengers are of 13 nationalities, the airline said. They were from China and Taiwan (154), Malaysia (38), Indonesia (12), Australia (7), France (3), United States (4), New Zealand (2), Ukraine (2), Canada (2), Russia (1), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), Austria (1).
One infant from the United States and another from China were included in the tally.

By CNN’s math, that adds up to 228 passengers, one more than the total cited by the airline. There was no immediate explanation offered.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the statement said. The public can call +603 7884 1234 for further information.

Efforts to contact the plane were fruitless.

“We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts” with the jet, said CEO Ahmad Juahari Yahya in a statement.

Read more at CNN.com.

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