The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues to completely baffle investigators as a piece of debris found floating in the ocean and an oil slick are determined not be related to the missing plane.
On Friday morning, the Boeing 777-200ER — carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew — departed Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing, but failed to land at its destination and air traffic controllers lost contact at approximately 2:40 am. local time, Saturday.
After a frantic search and rescue operation over the weekend, the possible location of clues, and information about passengers with stolen passports on board Flight 370, authorities are no closer to finding the Boeing or what happened to it over the waters of the South China Sea.
Reports of “a strange object” found floating in the water and an oil slick spotted by US reconnaissance planes are not related to the disappearance of Flight 370 according to an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Telegraph reports.
A multi-national effort is underway to locate the missing flight, which did not radio for help before it disappeared from radar and according to the tracking website Flightaware.com which shows the Boeing traveled northeast over Malaysia after takeoff and climbed to an altitude of 35,000 feet, but then vanished without a trace a minute later while still ascending.
The search has expanded to the northern coast of Malaysia, as reported by Fox News on Monday morning and investigators are focusing on the two passengers — not of Asian appearance — aboard Flight 370, who allegedly bought their tickets together with stolen passports, but they are not jumping to any conclusions as this is a common occurrence in international travel.
After reports of the stolen passports — one Austrian and one Italian — were made public in the case of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 there was thought that a possible hijacking had occurred, however, no claims of responsibility have been made by any group.
In an interview on Fox Navy Commander Williams Marks, said that the US is sending helicopters, which go out for three-hours at a time, come back to refuel, and go back out as they search the waters.
“Our radars are very sophisticated and can spot something as small as a basketball in the water.” the Navy Commander explained.
Investigators stress that until they find Flight 370’s wreckage and black boxes they won’t know what happened to the Malaysia Airlines plane. “We have not been able to locate anything, see anything,” an official told reporters on Sunday.
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