Vanished Malaysia Airlines Plane Still Missing, No Confirmed Sign Of Wreckage

Update — March 10, 7:50 a.m., ET

More than two days after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 first vanished, officials involved in investigating the incident say they still have no idea what could have happened to the plane carrying 239 people.

Officials told Reuters on Sunday that they are narrowing the focus on the possibility that the plane disintegrated mid-flight.

“The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,” said the source.

While searching for the still-lost airplane, Vietnam officials said they found suspected fragments of the missing jetliner, according to the Wall Street Journal. The country released a photo of the floating object, which was originally thought to be part of a door and airplane tail. However, search teams were not able to confirm any discovery of wreckage in seas beneath the plane’s flight.

An earlier “strange object” spotted late Sunday afternoon by a Singaporean search plane is not debris from the plane, CNN reported.

The search party continues, and now includes more than 40 planes and over two dozen ships from multiple countries.

A Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared in Southeast Asia early Saturday, and its fate was still unknown more than 24 hours later.

The plane, a Boeing 777-200, was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members when it dropped from radar at 1:30 a.m. in the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam. Several hours after the plane was scheduled to land and there was still no sign of the flight, the airline began contacting relatives of the passengers and crew.

Search and rescue crews scoured the South China Sea in hopes of locating the missing plane. Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Singapore, and the Philippines staged an intensive search for the missing aircraft, dispatching military planes, navy vessels, and helicopters to search the area for any sign of Flight MH370.

The U.S. Seventh Fleet has announced USS Pinckney would join the search.

“It has been more than 24 hours since we last heard from MH370 at 1:30 a.m.,” the airline said early Sunday. “The search and rescue team is yet to determine the whereabouts of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft”.

Flight MH370 was last detected on radar 85 miles north of the Malaysian city of Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia’s civil aviation chief told the Associated Press.

The plane “lost all contact and radar signal one minute before it entered Vietnam's air traffic control,” Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of the Vietnamese army, said in a statement. Vietnamese media claimed the plane crashed south of Phu Quoc island, but Admiral Ngo Van Phat and Malaysia's transport minister denied the report, saying wreckage had not been found.

Radar signals show the plane may have turned back, Malaysian officials have said.

Malaysia’s civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur that the search area has been expanded. It now includes the country's west coast.

Air Force Chief Rodzali Daud said the investigation is now focusing on a recording of radar signals that shows there is a chance the aircraft turned back from its flight path.

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