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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: FBI not in on crash probe

Published on Mar 10, 2014 8:07 AM
 
The FBI has not sent agents to Kuala Lumpur to assist in the investigation of a Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing on March 8, 2014, according to a senior United States (US) law-enforcement official, though representatives from other US agencies and plane-maker Boeing are expected to arrive on March 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The FBI has not sent agents to Kuala Lumpur to assist in the investigation of a Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing on Saturday, according to a senior US law-enforcement official, though representatives from other US agencies and plane-maker Boeing are expected to arrive on Monday.

The plane, a 777-200ER, disappeared suddenly, and though no wreckage has been found, the 239 passengers and crew aboard flight MH370 are presumed dead.

So far, Malaysia has not asked for help from the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security, and the agencies have not sent investigators, a second official said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The FBI and other US law-enforcement agencies have offered to help, the second official said, and they have forensic and analytic tools and criminal investigation expertise that likely could help the probe.

 
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