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Search widens for Malaysia Airlines flight; oil spills indicate potential crash

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At around 1:30 a.m. local time, yesterday, a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200 fell off the country’s radar while en route from Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing. With the flight—and its passengers—still missing nearly 24-hours later, international authorities have begun to prepare for the worst while continuing to widen the search for the missing aircraft.

Carrying 239 passengers from countries including Australia, France, New Zealand, India, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, the flight disappeared shortly after 1:00 a.m.—though it was not until 2:40 a.m. that the department notified the carrier. The recent release of a passenger manifest has confirmed that two Canadians were also on the missing flight.

According to the airline, the Boeing 777-200 was merely 11 years (and 10 months) old and contained enough fuel to carry it to Beijing and further. Skeptics might be continuing to question whether the aircraft’s condition could be related to its disappearance, but an analyst at Maybank Investment Bank Bhd., Mohshin Aziz, describes the Boeing as one of the safest aircrafts in the world. Aziz also stated that Malaysia Airline’s safety records have been, “very good.”

The airline’s CEO said earlier today that the plane’s last radar contact was approximately 120 nautical miles east of Kota Bahru, near to the South China Sea. Though, in a report from Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese aviation authority have confirmed that the Boeing never made contact and that its flight-radar signal was lost by Ho Chi Ming City’s air control team.

“The Australian Government fears the worst for those aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370,” it said to Bloomberg in an e-mailed statement. This morning, it was reported by The Associated Press that two large oil slicks—often associated to jet fuel engine burning out during a crash—were spotted near southern Vietnam. At this point, friends and family of passengers on-board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can only pray—and hope there is some reasonable explanation for this all.

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