Search for MH370 plane turns to disaster recovery

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MH370 familiesMalaysia Airlines said on March 9 it now feared the worst for its missing plane carrying 239 people, more than a day after it went missing, and was working with a US company that specialises in disaster recovery.

“In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, US will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time,” the airline said in a statement.

The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on March 8, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.

European officials said two people on board were using false identities. Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on board the missing flight, in addition to the two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said.

Investigators were verifying the identities with the relevant embassies in Malaysia. The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, the official said.

By March 9 in the afternoon, there were no confirmed signs of the plane or any wreckage. There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing 777-200ER would have vanished from radar screens about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

“The search and rescue operations will continue as long as necessary,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters. He said his country had deployed 15 air force aircraft, six navy ships and three coast guard vessels. Search and rescue vessels from the Malaysian maritime enforcement agency reached the area where the plane last made contact but saw no sign of wreckage, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said.

Vietnam said its rescue planes had spotted two large oil slicks, about 15 km long, and a column of smoke off its coastline, but it was not clear if they were connected to the missing plane.

China, Thailand and the Philippines also sent ships to the region to help, while the US, the Philippines and Singapore dispatched military planes. China also put other ships and aircraft on standby.

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Malaysia Airlines said on March 9 it now feared the worst for its missing plane carrying 239 people, more than a day after it went missing, and was working with a US company that specialises in disaster recovery.

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MH370 familiesMalaysia Airlines said on March 9 it now feared the worst for its missing plane carrying 239 people, more than a day after it went missing, and was working with a US company that specialises in disaster recovery.

“In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, US will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time,” the airline said in a statement.

The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on March 8, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.

European officials said two people on board were using false identities. Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on board the missing flight, in addition to the two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said.

Investigators were verifying the identities with the relevant embassies in Malaysia. The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, the official said.

By March 9 in the afternoon, there were no confirmed signs of the plane or any wreckage. There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing 777-200ER would have vanished from radar screens about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

“The search and rescue operations will continue as long as necessary,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters. He said his country had deployed 15 air force aircraft, six navy ships and three coast guard vessels. Search and rescue vessels from the Malaysian maritime enforcement agency reached the area where the plane last made contact but saw no sign of wreckage, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said.

Vietnam said its rescue planes had spotted two large oil slicks, about 15 km long, and a column of smoke off its coastline, but it was not clear if they were connected to the missing plane.

China, Thailand and the Philippines also sent ships to the region to help, while the US, the Philippines and Singapore dispatched military planes. China also put other ships and aircraft on standby.

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