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CNN's Rene Marsh takes a closer look at the $300-million Boeing 777

(CNN) - More than two days after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared, search teams from eight countries haven't been able to find a sign of the plane. That plane is a Boeing 777, widely considered one of the safest jets in the skies.

It's one of the most high tech planes in the sky and a workhorse of international travel.

"The 777, I have to say, is probably the nicest, most sophisticated, but also one of the easier airplanes to fly," Mark Weiss, Fmr. Boeing 777 Pilot said.

It's so sophisticated it beams messages to the ground to identify maintenance problems before it even lands.

"There are systems to communicate with the company, there are even systems to monitor the health of the engines, even automated reports," Weiss said.

777 200-extended range models like Malaysia Airlines flight 370 are capable of flying from new york to almost anywhere in the world non-stop.

"It really has an excellent, excellent safety record," Steve Wallace, Frm. Accident Investigator said.

That's why the mystery behind how this flight vanished has stumped the world -- even pilots like Mark Weiss who flew 777s.

"This was way out of the ordinary. This is something that happened instantaneously or relatively quickly and overcame the crew and overcame the aircraft," Weiss said.

Since the first 777 rolled off the assembly line in 1994, the planes have made about five-million flights, yet its first fatal crash came last July, when this Asiana airlines 777 crashed in San Francisco.

Three peopled died.

The cause: still under investigation.

But in this crash, finding the plane itself is still the first priority.

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