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BEIJING, March 08, 6:34 /ITAR-TASS/. Contacts with the Boeing 777-200 passenger jet of the Malaysian Airlines were lost in Vietnam’s air space, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
Malaysian Airlines said the jet had 227 passengers and 12 crew members onboard. Among the passengers were citizens from Ukraine, China, the United States and France, and one Russian national. Xinhua said there were 160 Chinese citizens.
The passenger Boeing was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from radars 19 munites after the takeoff, at 02:40 a.m. local time (22:40 Moscow time).
According to the air company, the Malaysian authorities have already started a search and rescue operation.