3. Nations join forces to find missing Malaysian jet
Transport authorities in Malaysia are expanding their search for an airliner that went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday.
Transport and air force authorities told reporters on Sunday that radar data and other sources suggest that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 may have tried to return to Kuala Lumpur before dropping off radar screens.
They said Malaysian military forces and coast guard are continuing the search over a wider area with the cooperation of Vietnam and other South East Asian countries. US, Chinese, and Australian authorities have also sent aircraft and vessels to help with the search.
Airline officials said the jet was carrying 239 passengers and crew. There has been no indication of what happened to the plane.
The jet was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it went missing early Saturday about 50 minutes after takeoff.
Malaysian authorities have found that two passengers -- one Italian and other Austrian -- on the flight's passengers list were not on board.
They say their passports were stolen and are looking into the possibility that two other passengers travelled using the stolen passports.
Malaysian police are cooperating with the intelligence agencies of other nations. They are also analyzing surveillance-camera recordings to identify the two passengers.
Malaysian government officials say they are trying to find the jet and are considering all possibilities in determining the cause if its disappearance.