Mar 8, 2014 7:53 AM by Jeff Langan

Vietnam spots oil slicks in hunt for missing jet

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.

Meanwhile in Italy, officials 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 an Italian man listed to be on board the plane was actually traveling in Thailand and not on the plane.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared from radar screens with 239 people on board en route to Beijing.



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