UPDATE: Vietnam spots oil slicks in hunt for missing jet
By News Staff
The Associated Press
DEVELOPING: Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.
Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.
A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August.
Italian news agency ANSA says Maraldi called home after hearing reports that an Italian with his name was aboard the plane.
Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand. Weiss would not confirm the identity.
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 CEO of Malaysia Airlines says there is no indication that the pilots sent a distress signal before their Beijing-bound Boeing 777 disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia are scrambling to find the plane that carried 239 people, including three Americans.
The CEO of Malaysia Airlines said there was no indication that the pilots sent a distress signal. The fact that there was apparently no call for help suggests that whatever happened to the flight occurred quickly.
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