03/07/2014 08:08 EST | Updated 05/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Malaysia Airlines loses contact with jet carrying 239 people

A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members has lost contact with air traffic controllers, the carrier has confirmed.

The airline released a media statement on its website Saturday saying Flight MH370 was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Contact was lost at around 2:40 a.m. local time, Malaysia Airlines said.

The B777-200 aircraft left Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. local time and was expected to land at 6:30 a.m. in the Chinese capital the same day.

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

There were infants listed as passengers on the flight. The airline said it will continue to provide regular updates on the situation.

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