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Oil Slicks Spotted in Hunt for Missing Airplane in Vietnam

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks that authorities suspect are from a Malaysian jetliner that went missing early Saturday.
 
A Vietnamese government statement says the slicks were spotted off the southern tip of Vietnam. The slicks were each between 10 kilometers (6 miles) and 15 kilometers (9 miles) long.
 
The statement said the slicks were consistent with the kinds that would be left by fuel from a crashed jetliner.

Search and rescue teams began looking for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 239 people aboard Saturday.
 
The airline says it lost contact with a plane. It took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
 
According to China's state news agency, the plane lost communication over Vietnam with a control department in Ho Chi Minh City at 1:20 a.m. Xinhua reported the radar signal for the Boeing 777-200 also was lost.
 
Malaysia Airlines says the plane was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members. Four of those passengers, including an infant, are American.
 
The airline says it's working with authorities who activated their search and rescue teams to locate the aircraft. The route would take it from Malaysia across to Vietnam and China.
 
At Beijing's airport, worried relatives and friends of passengers have been asked to gather to a hotel about a 30 minute drive from the airport to wait for further information. Airport authorities have provided shuttle bus service.
 
The 777 had not had a fatal crash in its 20 year history until the Asiana crash in San Francisco in July 2013.

Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The airline says that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang air traffic control at 2:40 a.m. local time.

The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.

Saturday morning officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.
 
Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.
 
A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August.
 
Italian news agency ANSA says Maraldi called home after hearing reports that an Italian with his name was aboard the plane.
 
Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand.  Weiss would not confirm the identity.

We're following this story closely and be sure to update you as we learn more.

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