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Tragedy in the skies: American among 239 feared dead on Malaysia flight

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A 50-year-old American father is among the 239 feared dead after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared Saturday.

According to The New York Times, IBM worker Philip Wood, who was living in Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur, was on board the aircraft, as was a couple from Canada. Most of the other passengers were from China.

An international fleet of planes and ships scouted the waters for hours, concentrating on areas between Malaysia and Vietnam. It disappeared less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

So far, the only clues as to the aircraft's fate are large oil slicks spotted by the Vietnamese officials, indicating it crashed into the South China Sea after dropping from radar without sending a single distress call.

There was no immediate confirmation that the slicks were related to Flight MH370, but the Vietnamese government released a statement reporting that the marks were consistent with the kind of slick that would be produced by the jet's two fuel tanks.

Also according to The New York Times, two of the the flight's passengers used stolen passports to board the plane. Even so, investigators say that doesn't automatically make the plane's disappearance an act of terrorism.

Malaysia Airlines is updating the situation on its website. A recent post included the following:

"An international search and rescue mission from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam was mobilized yesterday morning. At this stage, they have failed to find evidence of any wreckage. The sea mission will continue overnight while the air mission will recommence at daylight."

The company is also asking people around the world to pray for Flight MH370.

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