PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Singaporean vessels searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane have found some suspicious floating objects, Vietnamese official media outlets reported Sunday.
The objects, located about 100 km southwest of Tho Chu Island at 14:45 local time, were suspected to come from the Boeing 777 aircraft, reported the Tuoi Tre and Thanh Nien dailies in their online editions.
The Singaporean searchers have reported the finding to their Vietnamese counterparts, who are expected to arrive at the area hours later, according to the reports.
The Vietnamese military decided to send a helicopter to the area for further investigation, said the reports.
In response to a Xinhua query, the Singaporean Defense Ministry said they have not received any official reports about the discovery.
About 40 hours after Flight MH 370 lost contact with air traffic control en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, its whereabouts remained a mystery.
A massive hunt involving dozens of ships and planes from more than half a dozen countries is under way for the plane, which was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members.
Malaysia finds large oil slick 100 nautical miles off Kalantan
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- A large oil slick 100 nautical miles from Tok Bali, Kelantan was found on Sunday by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported.
Mohd Amdan Kurish, the agency's director-general, told a press conference that a ship had been sent to collect samples. "Samples will be analyzed to determine if the oil came from MAS Flight MH370 or a passing ship," he said. Full story
Malaysian official says missing plane may have turned back
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The missing Malaysian jet may have turned back from its scheduled course to Beijing before disappearing, a military official said here Sunday.
General Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told a press conference that the military radar indicated there was a possibility that the missing Boeing 777 jet made a turn-back, deviating from it set course. Full story
Malaysian airlines promises to provide families with timely help, asks for patience amid growing complaints
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Airlines on Sunday promised to provide families of the passengers onboard the missing flight MH370 with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation and emotional support and asked for their patience and support.
Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, CEO of the airlines, said in the latest press conference Sunday afternoon that the company understands the need to provide regular updates on the progress of the search and rescue operations. Full story
Chinese force reaches suspected crash site, no sign of plane
BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese coast guard vessel has entered the waters near the suspected site of the missing Malaysian plane to carry out a rescue mission.
However, there are still no signs indicating the whereabouts of the plane. Full story
2 passengers with false passports aboard missing plane: Malaysian official
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Two passengers with false passports got on board the missing Malaysian plane according to the closed-circuit television (CCTV) records, Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman confirmed here Sunday in a latest press conference. Full story
Malaysian jet still unfound as two stolen passports prompt U.S. probe
KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian civil aviation authorities said Sunday that search operations continued overnight for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet but have so far failed to locate the Boeing 777 aircraft.
Officials from Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation said at a press conference that they have also dispatched three planes to join the hunt for Flight MH370, which has lost contact with traffic control for more than 30 hours. Full story
Chinese rescuers on way to salvage mission
SANYA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- An emergency response team assembled by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) set out early on Sunday morning from south China's Sanya Port in Hainan Province to the sea area where it is thought the missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 may have crashed.
Rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 101" is carrying 12 divers and salvagers, and will join another rescue vessel, "South China Sea Rescue 115," at the rescue site. Full story