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Published: Saturday March 8, 2014 MYT 9:07:00 PM
Updated: Saturday March 8, 2014 MYT 11:20:25 PM

Missing MAS flight: Two giant oil slicks spotted off Vietnam coast

An aerial view of an oil spill is seen from a Vietnamese Air Force craft, 250km from Vietnam and 190km from Malaysia, in this handout photo from Thanh Nien Newpaper taken on March 8, 2014. - The Straits Times/ANN

An aerial view of an oil spill is seen from a Vietnamese Air Force craft, 250km from Vietnam and 190km from Malaysia, in this handout photo from Thanh Nien Newpaper taken on March 8, 2014. - The Straits Times/ANN

KUALA LUMPUR: Vietnam's Civil Aviation Department planes spotted two large oil slicks that authorities suspect are from a MAS jetliner that went missing Saturday.

A statement said the slicks, each between 10km and 15km long, and 500m apart, were spotted some 140m south of Tho Chu island off southern Vietnam.

The statement said the slicks were consistent with the kind that would be left by fuel from a crashed jetliner.

The Boeing 777-222 jet disappeared from radar screens with 239 people on board en route to Beijing after taking off from KL International Airport at 12.41am.

It went off the radar screen at 1.30am.



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