Signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane point to an oil slick in the Gulf of Thailand. The 12-mile-long streak of oil could be a clue as to what happened to the Boeing 777-200 that was carrying 239 passengers early Saturday morning. Flight MH370 wound up lost after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.
New York Times reports March 8 that Malaysia’s prime minister, Mr. Najib, said 15 aircraft and nine ships were out searching for the jet.
It has not been confirmed that the MH370 flight lost crashed, but fuel tanks were limited in the distance it had. The possible Malaysia Airlines oil slick discovered, would benefit crash survivors if it landed in the Gulf of Thailand due to shallow waters in that area versus deep waters in the Atlantic.
Suspicions of foul play showed up when authorities learned that two foreign citizens who stole passports from Asia were on flight MH370. One was an Italian and another an Austrian.The Italian man is identified as Luigi Maraldi. An Austrian spokesperson did not identify the Austrian. An anonymous U.S. official want to make clear that this does not mean an act of terrorism occurred.
“We are not ruling out anything,” said chief executive of Malaysia Airlines, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Saturday night.“As far as we are concerned right now, it’s just a report.”
According to the report from Malaysia Airlines, passengers on the plane included “two infants, and an all-Malaysian crew of 12. The passengers included 154 citizens from China or Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans, as well as two citizens each from Canada, New Zealand and Ukraine and one each from Austria, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia.”
Malaysia, the United States and Vietnam have sent out ships and rescuers to comb through the waters of Gulf of Thailand. China was also dispatching help and the U.S. is sending in a destroyer.
The oil slick was discovered by a Vietnamese Navy aircraft. It reported seeing a long oil slick on the “Vietnam side of the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand.”
Authorities, the airlines, and the government are aggressively investigating this mystery. According to Malaysia Airlines, they reported that the plane took off at 12:41 a.m. and “disappeared from air traffic control radar in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, at 2:40 a.m.”
Was the suspected Malaysia Airlines oil slick a result of the plane going down in the Gulf? So far there are no other clues, but more should arise soon as ships and aircraft search the area.
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