(NEW YORK) -- A Malaysia Airlines flight with more than 200 passengers on board has gone missing, and a search and rescue team has been deployed to locate the aircraft, a spokeswoman has confirmed to ABC News.
The Beijing-bound flight departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m. local time, and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., the airline said. It went missing two hours into the flight.
The airline said there are 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Three Americans were on board the flight, which includes one infant.
"We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370," the airline's chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said statement on Facebook.
"Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft," Yahya said. "Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew."
Meanwhile, the flight information board at the airport in Beijing indicated the flight was delayed.
Information board at PEK says Malaysia Air 370 'delayed' -- #370 #MalaysiaAir— Gloria Riviera (@griviera) March 8, 2014
In a statement on Twitter, Boeing said it was watching the situation closely.
We’re closely monitoring reports on Malaysia flight MH370. Our thoughts are with everyone on board.— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 8, 2014
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