A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, carrying 162 people, was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it crashed, killing two people and injuring more than 180 others, the country’s transport ministry said on Saturday.
It said that one of the passengers, a Malaysian citizen named Abdulrahman Naim, had died and that two other passengers and a crew member were missing.
Malaysia Airlines said the plane’s captain had also been killed.
The plane went down after taking off from a military base in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
The ministry said the crash site was located at a military airport about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the city.
The pilot and the flight engineer are presumed to be among those killed.
It did not say what caused the crash.
The plane was carrying 227 people on board.
It was not immediately clear if anyone else was on board, or whether the passengers had died.
The Malaysia Airlines flight was carrying the crew of a Boeing 777 that crashed during a routine takeoff at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in the Malaysia city of Kota Bharu on March 12, 2016.
The Boeing 777 was carrying passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, a journey of about 2,500 kilometers (1,300 miles).