No Sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Yet
Despite the efforts of 34 planes, 40 ships and search crews, there is no sign of the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing two days ago, CNN reports.
"Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, we have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft," Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian civil aviation department, told reporters Monday.
So, more than 48 hours later, the mysteries surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - and the true identifies of some of its passengers - remain intact.
The only lead investigators have is an oil slick that a Vietnamese plane spotted, 90 miles south of Vietnam's Tho Chu Island in the Gulf of Thailand.
No emergency signal has been detected by any search vessels or aircraft. And family members of passengers are being told to prepare for the worst.
So far, nothing
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning. The Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing while flying to Beijing.
Since then, teams of searchers from Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, USA, Thailand, Australia and the Philippines have been working alongside Malaysians to scour the Gulf of Thailand, part of the South China Sea that lies between several Southeast Asian countries.
The focus has now shifted to the Andaman Sea, near Thailand's border after radar data indicated the plane may have turned around to head back to Kuala Lumpur.
But the pilot appeared to have given no signal to authorities that he was turning around.e need concrete evidence," Rahman said. "We are increasing our efforts to do what we have to do."
At least two people on board were traveling on passports stolen from an Austrian and an Italian.
The two passengers who used the passports in question appear to have bought their tickets together.
"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 K. Noble in a statement.
The passport mystery raised concerns about the possibility of terrorism, but officials cautioned that it was still too early to arrive at any conclusions.
One possible explanation for the use of the stolen passports is illegal immigration.
There are previous cases of illegal immigrants using fake passports to try to enter Western countries. And Southeast Asia is known to be a booming market for stolen passports
Five passengers ended up not boarding the aircraft. Their bags were removed and were not on board the jet when it disappeared, Rahman said at Monday's briefing.
Could the plane have been hijacked? "We are looking at every angle, every aspect. We are looking at every inch of the sea", Rahman said.
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