Asia Pacific

Ships and aircraft from ten countries continue search for missing Malaysia flight

SHIPDozens of ships and aircraft from ten countries are scouring the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam in the hope of finding some sign of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane which disappeared with 239 people on board
 
There have been false hopes and false leads – an oil slick suspected of coming from the
wreckage turned out not to be fuel from a boat, and a floating yellow object believed to have been a life raft was in fact rubbish
 
The whereabouts of flight MH 370 which disappeared one hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of Saturday remains a mystery.
 
Now the search and rescue efforts are widening their area.
 
“We have expanding to a hundred kilometers the radius of Igari,” said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysian Civil Aviation Chief.
 
Malaysia is also searching its west coast after theories that the plane may have turned back toward Kuala Lumpur for some reason.
 
Two of the passengers were travelling on stolen Italian and Austrian passports. Authorities confirmed that after looking at video footage the men were “not Asian-looking.”
 
Interpol says it is investigating more “suspect passports”, after checking of all the documents used to board the plane.
 
Questions are growing over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing airliner
 
At Kuala Lumpur airport wellwishers wrote notes and prayers, posting them on a board. One read “Have Hope” and another “MH370 We are praying 4U.”

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