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No immediate sign of missing plane off Malaysia coast, official says

Published on Mar 8, 2014 4:59 PM
 
An information screen displays a message "Let Us Pray For Flight MH370" at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, on March 8, 2014.  Malaysian naval vessels saw no immediate sign of wreckage when they reached the maritime area off the country's north-east coast where a missing Malaysia Airlines flight last made contact on Saturday, a senior rescue official said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian naval vessels saw no immediate sign of wreckage when they reached the maritime area off the country's north-east coast where a missing Malaysia Airlines flight last made contact on Saturday, a senior rescue official said.

Malaysia has sent three maritime enforcement ships and a navy vessel to the area, backed by three helicopters, a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency official told Reuters.

"Our aircraft asset spotted an orange speck in the sea where the last signal came from. We sent a vessel to search the area and it was confirmed that it was nothing," the official told Reuters.

Beijing-bound flight MH370, operating a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, last made contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline's top official had said earlier.

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