Horrible news for anyone who had relatives on this Malaysian Airlines flight that is presumed to have crashed:
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, presumed crashed, as ships and planes from countries closest to its flight path scoured a large search area for any wreckage.
Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had reported that the Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had crashed off south Vietnam. Malaysia’s transport minister later denied any crash scene had been identified.
“We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane. [Reuters]
You can read more at the link, but CNN is now reporting that searchers have spotted rubbish and oil in waters shared by Malaysia and Vietnam which would put it in the Gulf of Thailand based on the above flightpath. The fact that it appears to have crashed over water will likely make the investigation of what happened more difficult depending on how deep the waters are in the area. Condolences to all the families effected by this tragedy.