The Boing 777 was carrying 239 people when it disappeared off radar screens early Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
The plane was bound for Beijing.
Two New Zealanders were o board the flight.
Planes and ships from across Asia are hunting for the missing jetliner.
At this stage the reason for the disappearance is unknown. The weather was fine, the plane was at cruising speed and the pilots didn’t send a distress signal.
Malaysian aviation authorities are also investigated how two passengers were apparently able to get on the aircraft using stolen passports.
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