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China urges Malaysia to speed up plane search

Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 01:36

Mar.10 - China urged Malaysia to step up the search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing with 239 people on board and says it has sent security agents two help with an investigation into the misuse of passports.Sarah Toms reports.

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Dozens of ships and aircraft from seven countries scoured the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing on Saturday. But rescue equipment is lying idle, as the search has failed to find a confirmed trace of the aircraft or the 239 people. Investigators are looking at all angles, including a possible terror attack or hijacking. The focus has been on two passengers who boarded the flight using stolen passports. Many of the passengers on the flight were from China. Beijing urged Malaysia to step up the search. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN QIN GANG SAYING: "We cannot confirm at present who it really was who misused these two passports. As I just said, China's public security ministry has already sent a dedicated inspection team to Malaysia to investigate this together with Malaysian side." Thai police and Interpol are also helping with the investigation as the passports had been stolen in Thailand during the past two years. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PATTAYA POLICE CHIEF SUPACHAI PUIKAEWCOME SAYING: "We're still not sure where the passports had been stolen. There is no report to Pattaya police that these two passports were missing." No distress signal was sent from the aircraft, which disappeared about one hour after it departed Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, Relatives of passengers are supplying DNA samples for identification purposes. And they've been told to prepare for the worst.

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China urges Malaysia to speed up plane search

Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 01:36