Ahad, 9 Mac 2014

Missing MH370 : LATEST UPDATES

A summary of the day’s main developments.

• Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has yet to be found after going missing at 2.40am on Saturday (8.40pm GMT Friday).

• Vietnamese authorities have reported the sighting of one, possibly two, oil slicks up to 12 miles long off the coast of the country which are consistent with a plane crash at sea

• Malaysia Airlines has released the full passenger list, naming all 239 people on board – 12 crew and 227 passengers, including five children under the age of five

• The majority of the passengers are Chinese nationals, but there are people from 14 other countries.

• Two of the passengers on the list, an Italian and an Austrian, were not on the flight, but have both had their passports stolen in Thailand in the last couple of years.

• The sea search and rescue operation involving Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, China and the US, is continuing overnight, while the air search will resume at daylight on Sunday

• Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, has said 15 aircraft and nine ships are involved in the search, with the area of the sea operation being enlarged

• Aviation experts have expressed bewilderment and alarm at the sudden disappearance of the Boeing 777-200, which is renowned for its reliability

• Relatives of passengers at Kuala Lumpur and Beijing international airports are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of information coming from officials. Those at Kuala Lumpur airport have been told they will be taken to the site of the plane when it is found

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