(USA TODAY) -- The fate of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared
three days ago with 239 people aboard remained a mystery Monday as the
latest possible clues to the plane's whereabouts were discounted,
Tests on two oil slicks off the coast of Vietnam
revealed no connection to the flight, investigators said. One piece of
floating, yellow debris turned out to be moss-covered trash; another
piece seen from the air Sunday night could not be located Monday.
civil aviation head, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, speaking to reporters in
Kuala Lumpur Monday, said that investigators have so far not found
anything that could be part of the missing plane.
helicopters to investigate the floating "yellow object" that had been
suspected of being a life raft from flight MH370 bound for Beijing.
Separately, six planes and seven ships from Vietnam have so far been
unable to find an object spotted by a low-flying plane on Sunday
afternoon, said Doan Huu Gia, the chief of Vietnam's search and rescue
Vietnamese officials had said they believe the object is one of the plane's doors, according to local news media reports.
civil administration chief Pham Viet Dung said search teams from
several countries sent boats to the area about 56 miles south of Tho Chu
island, in an area where an oil slick was spotted Saturday. Malaysian
maritime officials found some oil slicks in the South China Sea and sent
a sample to a lab to see if the oil came from the plane, but it did
Flight MH370 vanished early Saturday two hours into a
scheduled six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. A Malaysian official said
Sunday the plane may have tried to return before disappearing.
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force chief Rodzali Daud said military radar indicated the flight "may
have made a turn back," but he did not say how far it got. "We are
trying to make sense of this," Daud said.
Dozens of ships and
aircraft have failed to find any piece of the missing Boeing 777 as
investigators pursue "every angle" to explain its disappearance,
including hijacking, Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Monday.
U.S. Navy has provided the USS Pinckney, a guided-missile destroyer
that carries two MH-60R helicopters, and a P-3C Orion with long-range
search, radar and communications capabilities.
what it called a senior source involved in the investigation, said the
probe is focusing on the possibility that the plane disintegrated in the
"The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far
appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at
around 35,000 feet," said the source, who is involved in the
investigations in Malaysia.
Malaysia Airlines has been telling relatives "to expect the worst," spokesman Ignatius Ong said.
of distraught relatives gathered in a hotel in Beijing on Monday,
waiting to be flown to Malaysia. Of the 227 passengers, two-thirds were
Chinese. There were also 38 passengers and 12 crew members from
Malaysia, and others from elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America,
including three Americans.
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international team is investigating the crash. American experts include
accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board
and technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and
Boeing, the NTSB said in a statement.
investigating the possibility of terrorism after discovering that two
passengers apparently had been flying with stolen passports. Interpol,
the France-based international policing agency, confirmed Sunday that
the Italian and Austrian passports had been entered into its database
after they were reported stolen in 2012 and 2013.
"Whilst it is
too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen
passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any
passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen
passport listed in Interpol's databases," said Interpol
Secretary-General Ronald Noble.
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