Signal detected from missing plane, four Americans on board
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Search and rescue teams are looking for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 239 people aboard - including three adult Americans and one infant.
The airline says it lost contact with a plane. It took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
According to China's state news agency, the plane lost communication over Vietnam with a control department in Ho Chi Minh City at 1:20 a.m. Xinhua reported the radar signal for the Boeing 777-200 also was lost.
Malaysia Airlines says the plane was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.
The airline says it's working with authorities who activated their search and rescue teams to locate the aircraft. The route would take it from Malaysia across to Vietnam and China.
At Beijing's airport, worried relatives and friends of passengers have been asked to gather to a hotel about a 30 minute drive from the airport to wait for further information. Airport authorities have provided shuttle bus service.
The 777 had not had a fatal crash in its 20 year history until the Asiana crash in San Francisco in July 2013.
China's state media say Vietnamese authorities have detected signals from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
The Xinhua News Agency, citing a local Vietnamese media report, says a Vietnamese search and rescue official reported that the signals have been detected from the plane from about 220 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Vietnam's southernmost coastal province of Ca Mau.
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