With every passing hour, hope is fading for the families of passengers on a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared from the sky early Saturday.
The Boeing 777, carrying 2-hundred-27 passengers and 12 crew members, was heading to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, when it lost contact at around 1:30 a.m. local time Saturday.
The plane is widely believed to have crashed in waters off the southern coast of Vietnam.
Malaysian authorities say, based on radar signals, that the passenger jet is thought to have made a U-turn before disappearing.
This has prompted officials to expand their search area to the western Malaysian coast.
The U.S. has dispatched a destroyer to help with the search and rescue operations, along with a group of transportation safety experts to assist in the investigation.
While hesitant to pinpoint terrorism as the reason for the downed plane, the Malaysian government is looking into two passengers on Flight 370 who used fake passports.
"I'm in touch with the international intelligence agencies, at the same time our own intelligence have been activated. Of course, the counter-terrorism units, the CTIs and CTUs."
The BBC reports that a man booked his flight with a false Italian passport at the same time as a second man who used a fake Austrian passport.
Both of the passport owners recently had their documents stolen in Thailand.
Authorities are also investigating the identities of two other passengers on the flight.
The 2-hundred-39 people on board the Malaysia Airlines jet were of 14 nationalities.
A majority were Chinese, and the rest from elsewhere in Asia, North America and Europe.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
Some extra information coming in, officials investigating the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that it disintegrated mid-flight.
This according to Reuters, citing a source close to the preliminary investigations.
We'll be bringing you all the latest updates on this story throughout the day.