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Search for missing Malaysian jetliner suspended

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The search for missing Malaysian jetliner flight MH370 was suspended Saturday night after no wreckage was found.  However, an international fleet of planes and ships that has been scouring waters between Malaysia and Vietnam spotted two large oil slicks late Saturday. 

The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people when it disappeared off radar screens early Friday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.  Officials lost contact with the crew nearly two hours after takeoff. 

North Texas native and IBM executive Philip Wood was on board the plane, along with 20 employees from Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor.  Twelve were from Malaysia, and eight from China. 

Former commercial airline pilot and crash investigator Denny Kelly says from the preliminary facts, whatever happened to the flight at 35,000 feet, it happened very quickly.  "The thing that concerns me more than anything in this whole thing is that fact that he didn't transmit in any way an emergency message he didn't call for help, he didn't send out a call for help, he didn't send out and SOS, He didn't squawk anything on his transponder.  He was totally silent and I don't understand that." 

Kelly also says an aviation source tells him the aircraft appears to have dropped from the sky.  "Preliminarily they got a cut from the radar in that area and it showed an extremely his words were extremely high rate of descent."  Kelly says the Boeing 777 is a very safe aircraft and has been in use for nearly 20 years. 

The U.S.S. Pinckney is now headed to the southern coast of Vietnam to join the search for the missing aircraft.  The Pinckney is a guided missile destroyer that carries two helicopters that can be used for search and rescue operations.  Based in San Diego, the ship has been in the South China Sea conducting training and maritime security operations.

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