Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has dispatched ships to investigate the sighting of a floating object that could be a life raft, as it continues to hunt for a missing airliner, an official said on Monday.
The country has identified one of two men who boarded the missing Malaysia Airlines flight with stolen passports, the country’s police chief said on Monday.
Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the man is a non-Malaysian. Authorities were able to identify him using airport video surveillance.
“That’s all we can reveal,” he told AFP. “We are still ascertaining whether they (the two suspects using stolen passports) came in legally or illegally.”
Rescuers are still hunting for the whereabouts of the twin-engine plane going from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than 24 hours after it slipped off radar screens somewhere between Malaysia’s east coast and southern Vietnam, triggering an international search effort.
In a sign of the growing gloom over the fate of the aircraft, the airline early Sunday urged “all Malaysians and people around the world to pray for flight MH370”.
Air search operations were halted at nightfall, though ships continued searching, Malaysia Airlines said.
The airline admitted: “It has been more than 24 hours since we last heard from MH370 at 1:30 am. The search and rescue team is yet to determine the whereabouts of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.”