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China blasts Malaysian government and national carrier for slow response to missing jet

Updated: 2014-03-10 16:28:13 (KST)
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China's state-run media has lashed out at the Malaysian government and its national carrier, saying that their handling of the missing passenger jet was not done promptly.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party said in an editorial on Monday that "the initial response from Malaysia was not swift enough."
Nearly two-thirds of the 2-hundred-39 people aboard the plane were from China, and if the death count is confirmed, it would be China's second-deadliest air disaster recorded.
This comes as officials investigating the disappearance are said to be narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that the plane disintegrated mid-flight.
A Vietnamese plane has spotted possible debris -- a door and a section of the tail -- from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished on Saturday.
Dozens of boats and planes attempted to confirm the find but were unable to.
A source close to the preliminary investigation told Reuters that the fact there doesn't appear to be much debris could indicate the aircraft broke up at around 35-thousand feet.
Asked about the possibility of an explosion, such as a bomb, the source said there was no evidence yet of foul play.
Terrorism is not being ruled out… especially as Interpol has confirmed at least two passengers onboard had been traveling on fake passports.

"On the possibility of hijack: We are not out ruling any possibility. However, it's important to state that our main concern is to focus our effort on finding the missing aircraft."

Interpol says a check of all documents used to board the plane had revealed more "suspect passports" that were being further investigated.
Just an hour into the flight, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and is presumed to have crashed off the coast of Vietnam.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.


Reporter : hyunbin@arirang.co.kr

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