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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Search and rescue planes scour sea off Vietnam for flight MH370

Published on Mar 10, 2014 11:03 AM
Instrumentation inside a flying Soviet-made AN-26 used by a crew member during search operations over the southern seas off Vietnam on March 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP  

KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam (REUTERS) - Search and rescue planes scoured waters off the southern tip of Vietnam on Monday, searching for any trace of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, 48 hours after it vanished from radar screens with 239 people on board.

Questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking could have brought down the Beijing-bound plane, after Interpol confirmed at least two passengers used stolen passports and said it was checking whether others aboard had used false identity documents.

Flight MH370 disappeared in the early hours of Saturday, about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur, after climbing to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet (10,670 metres).

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said on its website late on Sunday that a Vietnamese navy plane had spotted an object in the sea suspected of being part of the Boeing 777-200ER, but that it was too dark to be certain.

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