Published On: Sat, Mar 8th, 2014

Search widened for Malaysia Airlines missing plane

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Malaysia transport minister Hishammuddin HusseinRescue teams looking for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight have widened their search area. They are investigating the possibility the plane turned back after losing contact, Hishammuddin Hussein said.

Flight MH370 disappeared south of Vietnam more than 24 hours ago with 239 people on board.

Air and sea rescue teams have been searching an area of the South China Sea south of Vietnam. Mr Hussein told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur that this area had now been widened.

Vietnamese navy ships have reached two oil slicks which were spotted earlier, but they found no signs of wreckage.

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