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    Search Still on for Malaysia Plane

    A Malaysia Airlines spokesman (C) speaks to journalists regarding information about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, during a news conference at a hotel in Beijing March 8, 2014. The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew crashed in the South China Sea on Saturday, Vietnamese state media said, quoting a senior naval official. The Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had been missing for hours when Vietnam's Tuoi Tre news quoted Admiral Ngo Van Phat as saying he had asked boats from an island off south Vietnam to rush to the crash site. Malaysian authorities have not confirmed that the?flight had crashed after it went missing over the?South China?Sea, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said on Saturday. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT MEDIA) - RTR3G77N

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    Rescue crews are still searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which lost contact with air traffic controllers around 2:40 a.m. local time. Although the Vietnamese government reported two six to nine mile-long oil slicks and “rubbish,” it is still unclear whether the discovery is related to the Malaysia Airlines flight. Families of the 239 passengers’ loved ones have been notified. People from 14 nationalities were on board, including two Americans, with most passengers from China. Bizarrely, however, Austria denied that its citizen was onboard the plane. That person had had his passport stolen two years ago but was safe and sound in Austria. Similarly, although an Italian was listed onboard the flight’s manifest, Italy’s foreign ministry confirmed that no Italians were onboard. The plane did not send out a distress call or bad weather report before it went missing, two hours after it took off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing.

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