Posted: Saturday, March 8th 2014 at 7:52am
Vietnam spots oil slicks in hunt for missing jet; 4 Americans reportedly on board
By The Associated Press
A woman wipes tears after walking out of the reception center and holding area at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for family and friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane Saturday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks that authorities suspect are from a Malaysian jetliner that went missing early Saturday.
A Vietnamese government statement says the slicks were spotted off the southern tip of Vietnam. The slicks were each between 10 kilometers (6 miles) and 15 kilometers (9 miles) long.
The statement said the slicks were consistent with the kinds that would be left by fuel from a crashed jetliner.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared from radar screens with 239 people on board en route to Beijing. Four Americans were listed as being on board the plane. The passengers were from 14 countries, most of them from China.
Link: Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 goes missing
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