Missing Malaysia plane: ‘Oil slick seen’

[BBC]–A multinational team is searching the sea off South Vietnam, in the hope of finding a Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing for 24 hours.

A Vietnamese search plane saw two possible oil slicks in the area, although there was no confirmation they were related to the disappearance.

Flight MH370 had 239 people on board, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

Two-thirds of the passengers were from China, while others were from elsewhere in Asia, North America and Europe.

It has been reported that two passengers who were listed on the plane’s manifest – an Italian and an Austrian – were not actually on the flight.

They both reportedly had their passports stolen in Thailand.

Asked whether terrorism was suspected as a reason for the plane’s disappearance, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said: “We are looking at all possibilities, but it is too early to make any conclusive remarks.”

A senior US official told NBC News: “We are aware of the reporting on the two stolen passports. We have not determined a nexus to terrorism yet, although it’s still very early, and that’s by no means definitive.”

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