After air traffic control lost contact with a Malaysia Airlines 777 jet, search and rescue crews are frantically trying to locate what is presumed to be a crash site -- although there are conflicting reports about where the plane may have gone down.
Flight MH370 was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from radar about two hours into the flight. Initial reports out of China and Vietnam stated that the plane had crashed off the coast of Vietnam, but Malaysia's acting transport minister says that the information is not correct. China is now reporting that searches are being conducted south of Tho Chu island in the South China Sea.
As you will hear in this video from CNN, the worst is feared for the airliner.
With 227 passengers and 12 crew members traveling on flight MH370, we can only imagine just how devastated and scared their relatives must be right now. Of those 239 people, half are said to be Chinese, though passengers are of 13 different nationalities -- including 3 Americans, one of whom is reportedly an infant.
Update: Oil slicks between six and nine miles long have been spotted 90 miles south of Tho Chu Island by a Vietnamese search plane. They are suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. There are also reports circulating that there may have been passengers with stolen passports aboard the plane.
Update 3/9/14 9:15 ET: As of this morning, the aircraft still has not been located. A "strange object" floating in the South China Sea was spotted, but reports now say it is not a piece of debris from the plane. Malaysian air force officials also say the flight may have changed course and headed back toward Kuala Lumpur before it vanished.
We will update you as more information becomes available.
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