KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Tests on a sample of the oil slicks found off the eastern Malaysia coast reveal that it was not from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) eastern region enforcement chief Nasir Adam said on Monday that test results showed that it was caused by bunkering activities and not from an aircraft.
On Sunday, MMEA's search team found an oil slick near Tok Bali, Kelantan state, but could not confirm whether it came from the missing plane or not.
Director General of Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said at a media conference on Monday that they will expand the range of search. On Monday, 34 aircraft and 40 ships were taking part in the search and rescue operation.
He said earlier that five passengers who had checked in to fly on the missing plane did not board, and that Malaysia Airlines had removed those passengers' baggage when it learned they did not board the plane, in accordance with standard procedure.
Rahman said investigators were looking at "every angle" to explain the plane's disappearance early Saturday, including hijacking.
Vietnam rules out object comes from missing plane
HANOI, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese navy ship salvaged a floating lifeboat-like object Monday but confirmed it had nothing to do with a missing Malaysian plane.
Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of the Vietnamese army, told reporters that the object was a mossy-covered cable box.Full story
Vietnam spots orange floating object
HANOI, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese marine police aircraft searching for the missing Malaysian jet spotted an orange floating object at sea on Monday.
At around 10:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), Vietnamese marine police aircraft spotted the object at 074730 North (Longitude) and 1025712 East (Latitude), some 177 km southwest of Vietnam's Tho Chu Island, VNExpress online newspaper said.Full story
India says ready to help in search for missing Malaysian flight
NEW DELHI, March 10 (Xinhua) -- India on Monday announced it is ready to offer help to hunt a Malaysian Airlines flight which went missing more than two days ago over the South China Sea.
"I have sent my condolences (to the families of the passengers) and our ambassador (in Beijing) is in touch with them. We are ready to give any help, if required, or share information if we get any," Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told the media.Full story
Chinese warship arrives at suspected site of missing Malaysian plane
BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese warship Mianyang has arrived at the waters suspected to be the site of the missing Beijing-bound Malaysian jetliner, military sources said on Monday.Full story
Search for missing Malaysian jetliner continues
KUALA LUMPUR/HANOI/CANBERRA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- More aircraft and ships joined the multinational search operations for a Beijing-bound Malaysian jetliner Sunday, one day after it lost contact with air traffic control.Full story
News Analysis: Four mysteries about missing Malaysian plane
BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- More than 40 hours have passed since the missing Malaysian plane carrying 239 people, including more than 150 Chinese, lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Yet the fate of the China-bound Malaysia Airlines plane remains unknown, prompting speculations and worries.Full story
Malaysian passenger plane with 239 people aboard loses contact with air traffic control, including 160 Chinese nationals
KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Xinhua) -- A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 239 people, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, has lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said Saturday.
Malaysia Airlines said flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200, lost touch with Subang Air Traffic Control around 02:40 a.m. local time Saturday morning (1840 GMT Friday).Full Story