MH370 search continues as probe starts for 2 stolen passports

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing for hours Saturday, March 8, 2014, has reportedly crashed into the sea near Tho Chu island in Vietnam.

That's according to Vietnamese newspaper Tuoi Tre in its report, quoting a statement from the Vietnamese navy.

However, the Malaysian authorities haven't confirmed yet if flight MH370 indeed crashed.

Even Malaysia Airlines hasn't released yet an official confirmation on the reported 'plane crash'. The airlines' latest media statement (as
of 420PM) which has been posted on its official website says that the Malaysian Airlines MH370 hasn't been found yet after they lost contact with it at 230AM Saturday. (It's still missing, as of 10AM Monday, March 9.)

The plane is now also being feared it was attacked by terrorists, since two of its passengers used fake or stolen passports. Probe has been started to solve the mystery over two passports, believed to have been stolen from one Italian and one Austrian.

Previous statements by the Malaysia Airlines, available both in English and Chinese, said that the flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 Saturday morning, and was scheduled to arrive at 630AM in Beijing.

The plane was carrying mostly Chinese passengers. As detailed in the statement, there were 227 passengers (including 2 infants) plus 12 crew members.

154 of them are Chinese, 38 are Malaysians, 7 Indonesians, 6 Australians and 5 are Indians. There were also 4 from France, 3 from the USA, 2 each from Canada, New Zealand and Ukraine, and 1 each from Austria, Russia, Italy and the Netherlands.

We can be thankful that there were no Filipino among the passengers, but of course, such incident is something never to be thankful for. My heart breaks for the families of 227 passengers and 12 crew.

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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