The Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The search continues for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that carried 239 passengers. Malaysian officials confirmed on August 5 that debris found on Reunion Island came from MH370, which vanished on March 8 shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Click to see images of the search.

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A waiter walks past a mural of flight MH370 in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 23, 2016. A Malaysian woman is suing Malaysia Airlines and the government for $7.6 million in damages over the loss of her husband on Flight 370, which disappeared mysteriously in 2014.
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Dai Shuqin, a relative of passengers missing on Malaysia Airlines MH370, holds a poster reading "President Xi will help us. The nation will help us. Good news about our family is sure to come," in Beijing, China, March 8, 2016. Relatives of missing passengers gathered at the temple to mark the second anniversary of the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing which went missing on March 8, 2014.
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Remnants of a suitcase found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, July 30, 2015 near where a fragment of an aircraft was located a day earlier.
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Beach cleaner Johnny Begue shows the tattered suitcase he recovered from the shores of Reunion Island, far from the original search zone of Malaysia Airlines MH370 that disappeared over a year ago.
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In addition to the suitcase, the debris also included part of an aircraft wing with this serial number. Officials confirmed conclusively on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 that the airline debris found on Reunion island comes from MH370.
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Representative from Muslim, Buddhist and Christian religions light candles during a candle light vigil to remember the victim of the ill-fated flight MH370 on March 30, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Australian Defence vessel, Ocean Shield, departed for the missing flight MH370 search area from Perth today, equipped with special U.S. Navy equipment designed to locate an aircrafts 'pinger' and black box. Several objects have been sighted in the Indian Ocean, but none are confirmed to be related to the missing plane. The Malaysian airlines flight disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board and is suspected to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.
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A volunteer prepares for an event to remember the victim of the ill-fated flight MH370 on March 30, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Australian Defence vessel, Ocean Shield, departed for the missing flight MH370 search area from Perth today, equipped with special U.S. Navy equipment designed to locate an aircrafts 'pinger' and black box.
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A volunteer from an NGO called Malaysians For Malaysia gets ready to release balloons as a symbol of remembrance for the victim of the ill-fated flight MH370 at Titiwangsa Lake on March 30, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"We can keep searching for quite some time to come and we will keep searching for quite some time to come," said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at a news conference at the Pearce Air Force Base near Perth, Australia — the point of departure for the multinational operation to locate debris from the Boeing 777.
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A model of a Boeing 777 aircraft is displayed as representatives of US law firm Ribbeck Law Chartered International hold a media briefing at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on March 26, 2014. A US law firm said it has started 'multi-million dollar' legal proceedings against Malaysia Airlines and Boeing over flight MH370, in what could mark the start of an expensive legal battle over the lost plane.
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This graphic shows the distance from Perth to the objects sighted by the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency March 23, 2014.
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A series of satellite images from the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency, dated March 23, 2014, showing possible locations of unknown objects.
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Members of the Japan Coast Guard are greeted by officials at the Pearce Airforce base on March 26, 2014 in Bullsbrook, Australia. The search for flight MH370 resumes today after rough winds and high swells prevented air and sea crews from searching for debris yesterday.
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Chinese relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines plane, MH370 protest with placards one of which reads " Husband, come home soon, what I and the child do" at left and "1.3 billion people wait to receive the plane" as they march towards the Malaysian embassy in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Furious over Malaysia's handling of the lost jetliner a day after the country said the passengers must be dead, Chinese relatives of the missing marched Tuesday to the Malaysia Embassy, where they threw plastic water bottles, tried to rush the gate and chanted, "Liars!"
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The missing Malaysian Airlines flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday, citing a new analysis of satellite data. “This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that i must inform you that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," Prime Minister Najib Razak said. Flight MH 370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.
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A woman read message cards tied up for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Mar. 24, 2014. A Chinese plane on Monday spotted two white, square-shaped objects in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, while the United States separately prepared to send a specialized device that can locate black boxes.
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A member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force inspects a P-3C Orion before its departure from the Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base to commence a search for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Perth, Australia, Monday, March 24, 2014. Satellite images released by Australia and China had earlier identified possible debris in an area that may be linked to the disappearance of the flight on March 8 with 239 people aboard.
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Chinese relatives of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 wait for the latest information at Lido Hotel on March 23, 2014 in Beijing, China. The search to identify whether objects spotted in the Indian Ocean are related to missing flight MH370 continues after Chinese authorities posted a satellite image of a large object floating just 120 kilometres from the location of the sighting of two previous objects released on Friday. The airliner went missing two weeks ago carrying 239 passengers and crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
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A crew member of the Royal Malaysian Air Force uses a smartphone at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Search planes headed back out to a desolate patch of the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday in hopes of finding answers to the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, after China released a satellite image showing a large object floating in the search zone.
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Volunteer cyclists holding a banner while walking toward the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport during "The Ride of Prayer" for the missing Malaysia Airlines, flight MH370, in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Search planes headed back out to a desolate patch of the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday in hopes of finding answers to the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, after China released a satellite image showing a large object floating in the search zone.
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Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, flight MH370, turn to journalists to shout their demands for answers after Malaysian government representatives left a briefing in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. A satellite spotted two large objects in the desolate southern Indian Ocean earlier this week, raising hopes of finding the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board, although nothing was spotted in a sea search over the last two days.
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Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, center, Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation director general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, left, and Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya listen to a question of a journalist during a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, March 22, 2014. Malaysia said Saturday that a Chinese satellite had spotted a large object along a broad stretch of ocean where officials hope to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than two weeks. Hishammuddin told reporters Saturday that he had been informed that a Chinese satellite had spotted an object 22.5 meters (74 feet) by 13 meters (43 feet). (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
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A woman hangs a message card for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 22, 2014. Frustration grew Saturday over the lack of progress tracking down two objects spotted by satellite that might be Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with a Malaysian official expressing worry that the search area will have to be widened if no trace of the plane is found.
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This handout Satellite image made available by the AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) shows a map of the planned search area for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 on March 21, 2014. Australian authorities yesterday received satellite imagery that shows two large objects in the Indian Ocean that may be debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The airliner went missing nearly two weeks ago carrying 239 passengers and crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
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A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion takes off from Pearce air base to recommence a search for possible debris on March 21, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Australian authorities yesterday received satellite imagery that shows two large objects in the Indian Ocean that may be debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The airliner went missing nearly two weeks ago carrying 239 passengers and crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
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Satellite imagery provided to AMSA of objects that may be possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in a revised area 185 km to the south east of the original search area. The imagery has been analysed by specialists in Australian GeoSpacial-Intelligence Organisation and is considered to provide a possible sighting of objects that has resulted in a refinement of the search area.
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Director General Military Strategic Commitments John McGarry listens to Australian Maritime Safety Authority Emergency Response Division General Manager John Young speak to the media about satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 20, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. Two objects possibly connected to the search for the passenger liner, missing for nearly two weeks after disappearing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, have been spotted in the southern Indian Ocean.
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Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 comfort each other as they wait for a news briefing organize by the airlines' officials at a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 20, 2014.
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A chinese relative from missing plane MH370 being carry out by security as she protest before a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
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A performer poses in front of messages expressing prayers and well-wishes for passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 17, 2014. An investigation into the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 intensified on March 17 after officials confirmed that the last words spoken from the cockpit came after a key signalling system was manually disabled. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man writes a message for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Malaysian authorities Sunday were investigating the pilots of the missing jetliner after it was established that whoever flew off with the Boeing 777 had intimate knowledge of the cockpit and knew how to avoid detection when navigating around Asia.
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A woman reads messages and well wishes to people involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. A Malaysian passenger jet missing for more than a week had its communications deliberately disabled and its last signal came about seven and a half hours after takeoff, meaning it could have ended up as far as Kazakhstan or deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.
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A crying woman, one of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, is assisted by volunteers as she leaves a hotel ballroom where families were briefed on rescue and searching efforts in Beijing, China, Friday, March 14, 2014.
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This Chinese satellite image shows, according to a report in Chinese state media, what may be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. the debris was found to be not related to the missing jet.
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Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein (C) speaks to the media flanked by (From left) Malaysian Air Force Chief Rozali Daud, Chief of Malaysia Armed Forces Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Azharuddin Abdul Rahman and MAS Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 12, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Officials have expanded the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 beyond the intended flight path to include the west of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca as new information surfaces about the time Subang air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft. The flight carrying 239 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand was reported missing on the morning of March 8 after the crew failed to check in as scheduled.
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Over a dozen microphones are propped on a table as Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar answers questions from members of the media, raising their hands waiting their turn as seen in the shadows cast on stage during a press conference, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. One of the two men traveling on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner with a stolen passport was a 19-year-old Iranian man believed to be trying to migrate to Germany, and had no terror links, police said Tuesday.
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A Malaysian police official displays photographs of the two men who boarded the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight using stolen European passports to the media at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 11, 2014. Malaysian police said on March 11 one of two suspect passengers who boarded a missing passenger jet was an Iranian illegal immigrant, as relatives of some of the 239 people on board said they were losing hope for a miracle.
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A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane answers media question about the compensation outside a hotel room for relatives or friends of passengers aboard the missing airplane in Beijing, China Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Nearly three days after the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, no debris has been seen in Southeast Asian waters.
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This picture taken aboard a Vietnamese Air Force's Russian-made MI-171 helicopter shows Vietnam Air Force Deputy Commander General Do Minh Tuan looking out from a door during a search flight some 200 km over the southern Vietnamese waters off Vietnam's island Phu Quoc on March 11, 2014 as part of continued efforts aimed at finding traces of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370. Malaysian police said on March 11 one of two suspect passengers who boarded a missing passenger jet was an Iranian illegal immigrant, as relatives of some of the 239 people on board said they were losing hope for a miracle.
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A woman holds a candlelight vigil for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 10, 2014. The search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which has involved 34 aircraft and 40 ships from several countries covering a 50-nautical mile radius from the point the plane vanished from radar screens between Malaysia and Vietnam continues after its disappearance since Saturday.
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Major General Datuk Affendi Buang briefs the media over latest updates on missing Malaysia Airline MH370 on March 10, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Potential sightings of possible airliner debris and a possible oil slick in the sea off Vietnam have not been officially verified or confirmed as investigative teams continue to search for the whereabouts of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MG370 and its 293 passengers, travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The airliner was reported missing on the morning of March 8 after the crew failed to check in as scheduled. Relatives of the missing passengers have been advised to prepare for the worst as authorities focus on two passengers on board travelling with stolen passports.
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Ships are seen from a flying Soviet-made AN-26 used as a search and rescue aircraft by Vietnamese Air Force to search for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 in the Gulf of Thailand during a mission on Monday, 10 March 2014. The plane, which was carrying 239 people, lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning for Beijing.
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Executive official from Malaysia Airline Ignatius Ong, center, is escorted by a hotel staff away from medias at a hotel for relatives or friends of passengers aboard the missing airplane in Beijing, China Monday, March 10, 2014. Vietnamese aircraft spotted what they suspected was one of the doors of a missing Boeing 777 on Sunday, while questions emerged about how two passengers managed to board the ill-fated aircraft using stolen passports.
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Family members of passengers aboard a missing plane cry at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back, Malaysia’s air force chief said Sunday as scores of ships and aircraft from across Asia resumed a hunt for the plane and its 239 passengers.
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A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, center, cries as she arrives with others to a hotel room for relatives or friends of passengers aboard the missing airplane, in Beijing, China Sunday, March 9, 2014. Planes and ships from across Asia resumed the hunt Sunday for a Malaysian jetliner missing with 239 people on board for more than 24 hours, while Malaysian aviation authorities investigated how two passengers were apparently able to get on the aircraft using stolen passports.
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Members of Fo Guang Shan rescue team perform a special prayer for passengers aboard a missing plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back, Malaysia’s air force chief said Sunday as scores of ships and aircraft from across Asia resumed a hunt for the plane and its 239 passengers.
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Ground staff take a break under a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 9, 2014. An international fleet of planes and ships scouted the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam for any clues to the fate of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, which disappeared less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing on Saturday, March 8.
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In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, a U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, Det 2, assigned to the guided-missile Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), lands aboard Pinckney during a crew swap before returning on task in the search and rescue for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 on March 9, 2013 at sea in the Gulf of Thailand. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard.
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An information screen shows up "Let us pray for flight MH370" at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 8, 2014. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact over the South China Sea early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later.
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Chrisman Siregar, right, shows a portrait of his son Firman who was one of the passengers on board of Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing over the South China Sea, as he and other family members watch the news on the search of the plane in his residence in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, March 8, 2014. The Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
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In this Saturday, March 8, 2014 file photo, a woman, center, surrounded by the media covers her mouth on her arrival at a hotel which is prepared for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing airplane, in Beijing. More than a day and a half has passed since the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jet disappeared from radar contact in the first hour of a six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to China’s capital. From France to Australia and China, families and friends are enduring an agonizing wait for news about flight MH370.
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A woman cries at the arrival hall of the International Airport in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 8, 2014. Relatives and friends were arriving at Beijing airport for news after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 was reported missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Saturday.
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The arrival board at the International Airport in Beijing, China shows a Malaysian airliner is delayed, Saturday, March 8, 2014. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later.
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