UPDATE 1:45 PM EST:
USA Today reports two passengers that supposedly vanished with the Malaysian jetliner weren’t actually on board the plane, as their passports were stolen and used by other people.
The site explains:
“Louis Maraldi, 37, from Cesena, was not aboard the plane and had phoned his parents to say that he is well.”
The identity of the second passenger whose passport was stolen could not been confirmed.
The site also notes:
“Vietnamese air force planes spotted two oil slicks Saturday, each between 6 and 9 miles long, 77 miles south of the island of Tho Chu in the Gulf of Thailand, located off the southern tip of Vietnam, the Vietnamese government reported on its website.”
These oil slicks can reportedly be a sign that the plane crashed into the sea. We are praying for the families of this tragic incident.
The families of 239 people are currently awaiting news that could be devastating, as a Malaysian Airlines plane and its passengers has allegedly disappeared.
According to CNN, air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane after it left Kuala Lumpur, when it was on the way to Beijing.
The airline’s Vice President of Operations Control told the site:
“We have no idea where this aircraft is right now.”
Chinese and Vietnam media have both reported that they believe the plane has crashed just off the coast of Vietnam, but they were said to be incorrect.
The site reports:
Family members were kept in a hotel conference room, where media outlets had no access. Most of the family members have so far refused to talk to reporters.
The Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip. It never arrived.
The plane carried 227 passengers, including five children under five years old, and 12 crew members, the airline said. Air traffic control in Subang, in Malaysia, had last contact with the plane.
At the time of its disappearance, the Malaysia Airlines plane was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel, an airline official said.
After rubbish was found, there were second reports from the Vietnam National Search and Rescue Center that the plane crashed in the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.
We will stay tuned for more details as they surface. We pray for those passengers missing and hope that they turn up safe. Developing…