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Search resumes for missing Malaysian Boeing 777 jetliner

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Vietnamese ships and planes hunting for a missing Malaysian jetliner have found no wreckage close to where they spotted two large oil slicks.

The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people disappeared off radar screens early Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

An international fleet of planes and ships has been scouring the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam for signs of the plane.

They spotted two oil slicks late Saturday, which authorities say might have been from the plane. The plane is presumed to have crashed.

Deputy transport minister Pham Quy Tieu said no wreckage had been seen in the vicinity of the slicks early Sunday, but that the search was continuing.

Three Americans were onboard the flight. One US citizen has been identified as Philip Wood. His mother told Dallas affiliate, KXAS, that he was living in Beijing and planning to move to the Malaysian capital.

Authorities have located two people, one Austrian and one Italian, who were listed on the flight manifest.

They are alive and well and say their passports were stolen.

Boeing released a statement saying: "Boeing offers its deepest concern to the families of those aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Boeing will join the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team as a technical advisor. The team is now en route to the area so they will be positioned to offer assistance."



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