March 8, 2014 / 8:51 AM / 4 years ago

No immediate sign of missing plane off Malaysia coast, official says

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Reuters) - Malaysian naval vessels saw no immediate sign of wreckage when they reached the maritime area off the country’s northeast coast where a missing Malaysia Airlines flight last made contact on Saturday, a senior rescue official said.

Malaysia has sent three maritime enforcement ships and a navy vessel to the area, backed by three helicopters, a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency official told Reuters.

“Our aircraft asset spotted an orange speck in the sea where the last signal came from. We sent a vessel to search the area and it was confirmed that it was nothing,” the official told Reuters.

Beijing-bound flight MH370, operating a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, last made contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline’s top official had said earlier.

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