Objects spotted in search for missing Malaysian plane

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Air and sea rescue units have been searching for more than 30 hours for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Air and sea rescue units have been searching for more than 30 hours for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

KUALA LUMPUR - A missing Malaysian Airlines plane, carrying 239 people, has not yet been found despite a multinational search.

The air and sea rescue units, including 40 ships and 34 aircrafts from 9 different countries, have expanded their field of search following information that the airliner, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, might have turned back from its flight path, Malaysian air force commander, Rodzali Daud has said.

Vietnamese air force planes have spotted what could be fragments of the plane but have said it is now too dark to be certain as to what the objects are.

Malaysian Airlines has revealed that air traffic controllers lost contact with flight MH370 at 02:40 local time (18:40 GMT on Friday) and according to the Vietnamese government website, the plane`s last known location was over the Ca Mau peninsula, south of Vietnam.

The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers. They included 154 people from China and Taiwan, 38 from Malaysia, seven from Indonesia, six from Australia, five from India, four from the U.S., three from France, two each from Ukraine, New Zealand and Canada, and one each from Russia and the Netherlands. 

It has also been revealed by Interpol that two passengers of Italian and Austrian nationality who were on the official manifest did not board the flight, but that two men travelling on their stolen passports did.

The two male passengers are also believed to have been booked on a connecting flight from Beijing to Europe, according to the BBC.

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