The first major breakthrough appears to have been made after a Vietnamese search team found what they believe is part of a door and an aeroplane tail. The fragments were believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the tail, Vietnam’s ministry of information and communication said in a posting on its website. Malaysia Airlines Passenger List: Pictures Emerge of Victims Feared DEAD
It is the first time authorities have given any positive indication that traces of the Boeing 777 but it is not clear if this is the ‘suspected fragment’ the Wall Street Journal says has been found, but it would seem so. The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.
Malaysia Transport Minister says he has met with FBI team. Still looking at all possibilities. Malaysian military officials said on Sunday that the plane may have turned back from its scheduled route shortly before vanishing from radar screens, further deepening the mystery surrounding its fate. Malaysia Airlines Missing: US Investigates Terror Concerns Over Stolen Passports
The senior from official from the National Committee for Search and Rescue, who did not want to be named, said, “We received information from a Vietnamese plane saying that they found two broken objects, which seem like those of an aircraft, located about 50 miles to the south-west of Tho Chu Island.”
Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of Malaysia’s department of civil aviation, said that the debris was not from the plane. “In the meantime, we are still verifying if the oil slick it matches the MAS Boeing 777-200 with relevant authorities. At present, we have 34 aircraft and 40 ships currently combing the search and rescue areas.”
Despite dozens of military and civilians vessels and aircraft criss-crossing waters to the east and west of Malaysia, no wreckage has been found and the final minutes before it disappeared remained a mystery, although oil slicks have been reported in the sea south of Vietnam. By the end of the day Sunday, more than 40 planes and more than two dozen ships from several countries were involved in the search.
Malaysian officials are poring over CCTV footage and questioning immigration officers and guards at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport, concerned that a security breach may be connected to the disappearance of flight MH370. Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet turned back before vanishing, Malaysia’s air force chief said Sunday as authorities were investigating up to four passengers with suspicious identifications who may have boarded the flight. No weather problems had been reported in the area before the plane dropped out of contact, and the pilots did not send a distress signal – something that has been highlighted by experts as unusual for a modern jetliner