March 8 The U.S. National Transportation Safety
Board said on Saturday it has dispatched a team to Asia to help
investigate the crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet early
Saturday that is presumed to have claimed 239 lives.
The NTSB team is accompanied by technical advisers from the
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. air safety
regulator and Boeing Co, which made the 777-200ER jet
that was lost while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
"Once the aircraft location is identified, International
Civil Aviation Organization protocols will determine which
country will lead the investigation," the NTSB said.
Because of the travel time to Asia, the team departed from
the United States on Saturday night so it could be in place to
assist without delay, the NTSB said.