3 Americans on missing Malaysian Airlines plane

Written by Associated Press | Washington | Updated: Mar 9 2014, 02:46am hrs
Malaysia AirlinesMalaysian Airline Boeing 777-200 passenger jet, that is missing over sea, is seen here with a broken wing a day after it collided with another plane in 2012. AP
The State Department confirms that three Americans were aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet that is missing and presumed to have crashed into the South China Sea on Saturday.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki says in a statement that officials from the U.S. Embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Beijing are in contact with families of the passengers. The department says it's working to determine if other U.S. citizens may have been on the flight.

No additional information was released.

The Malaysian Airlines aircraft went missing early Saturday on a flight from Malaysia to Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes report spotting a pair of large oil slicks in the area where the Boeing 777 disappeared.

Psaki extended condolences to the loved ones of passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Picture caption: This Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 photo shows the broken wing of a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200 passenger jet a day after it collided with the tail of a China Eastern Airline A340 plane, at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. The same Boeing 777-200 has vanished Saturday, March 8, 2014 less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. AP