Mar. 9 - Malaysia Airlines says still no sign of missing plane more than 24 hours after its disappearance. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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Search operations for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished from radar screens over the South China Sea with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board continued on Sunday (March 9).
By the early hours of Sunday, there were no confirmed signs of the plane or any wreckage, well over 24 hours after it went missing.
"The rescue operations continued last night, until this morning. We have to report that we are not able to locate or see anything. Therefore, there is nothing new to report," said Director General of Department Of Civil Aviation of Malaysia, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, who added that the aerial search also resumed at first light.
There were no indications of sabotage nor claims of an attack.
But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - who, according to their foreign ministries, were not in fact on the plane.
Both the Austrian and Italian men said they had lost their passports in Thailand two years ago and in 2013 respectively.
U.S. and European security officials said that there was no proof of any terrorist link and there could be other explanations for the use of stolen passports.
Passengers on board the flight included 20 employees of Austin, Texas-based chip maker Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. Twelve of the employees were from Malaysia and eight from China, the company said in a statement.
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