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Malaysia Airlines plane disappears in South China Sea

Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 vanished from air traffic control contact early Saturday, March 8, 2014. The flight was en route from Kaula Lumpur to Beijing before disappearing off the coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea, according to Reuters. MH 370 was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, along with 12 crew members.

The Boeing 777-200 did not send a distress signal, leading experts to believe the flight experienced a sudden catastrophe. It was out of range of air traffic control radar, according to ABC News. Their experts say it is unsure what may have caused such an incident, whether it was mechanical failure, weather, or perhaps an act of terror.

A massive search in underway, both on land and at sea. At this time, reports of an oil slick off the coast of Vietnam is being reported by the Vietnamese Vice Minister of Transportation. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Pham Quy Tieu stated that an oil slick approximately 15 kilometers in length, or just over 9 miles, was discovered in the South China Sea. He also said that ships are being dispatched to the area of discovery.

The flight tracking website Flight Aware provide the following details: The flight was in the air for 59 minutes, traveling at a speed of 474 knots (545 MPH), and at an altitude of 37,000 feet when it was last reported using their flight tracking software.

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