Mar.10 - Malaysia's civil aviation chief has says the fate of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet remains ''a mystery'' but hijacking has not been ruled out. Sarah Toms reports.
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Search and rescue planes scour the waters off southern Vietnam, looking for any trace of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner.
The aircraft vanished from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday with 239 people on board. Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur went missing about an hour into its flight to Beijing.
Malaysia's civil aviation chief has said the fate of a missing jet remains "a mystery". He did not rule out a hijacking as a possible cause.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN, SAYING:
"And as far as we are concerned, we are equally puzzled as well. The honourable prime minister used the word perplexing. We are equally puzzled as well. And to be confirmed what really happened on that particular day, on this ill-fated aircraft, we need hard evidence, we need concrete evidence, we need parts of the aircraft."
More than 20 aircraft and 40 ships from seven nations are involved in the search.
A Vietnamese navy plane had reported spotting an oil slick and an object in the sea.
But all sightings of debris from the plane are unconfirmed.
SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN, SAYING:
"We immediately called the Vietnamese authorities last night and the Vietnamese authorities confirmed that they have not spotted any such object, therefore we are unable to inform to all of you that any object was collected."
Here in China's capital anxious relatives are getting ready to travel to Kuala Lumpur for news...they've been told to prepare for the worst.
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