A Malaysia Airlines jetliner flying from Kuala Lampur to China with 239 people aboard — including several Americans — lost contact with air-traffic control early Saturday and remained missing more than 17 hours later.
The jet is presumed crashed, as it did not have enough fuel to stay aloft this long. Vietnamese authorities said they had spotted two oil slicks off the southern tip of Vietnam but have not confirmed a crash site.
A crash, if confirmed, would likely mark the U.S.-built Boeing 777-200ER airliner’s deadliest incident since entering service 19 years ago.
The Boeing 777-200 left Kuala Lampur at 12:41 a.m. local time and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. the same day — but the plane dropped off radar screens while flying in Vietnamese airspace about two hours after takeoff.