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The mystery of a missing Malaysia†Airlines plane with 239 people aboard continued for the second day today as a massive multinational search mission failed to locate the jet, even as investigators feared the worst and did not rule out the possibility of a terror link.
The Boeing 777-200 Flight MH370 that went missing over the South China Sea en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur had 227 passengers on board, including five Indians and one Indian-origin Canadian, and 12 crew members.
Planes and ships from six countries today resumed the hunt for the plane that suddenly disappeared from the radar one hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur Airport on Friday.
The discovery that two passengers were carrying stolen passports raised the unsettling possibility of foul play.
"We are not ruling out anything," the chief executive of Malaysia Airlines Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia's Defence Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein†said authorities would screen the entire manifest of the flight.
Officials from Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation today said they have dispatched three jets to join the massive search and were working with a US company that specialises in disaster recovery to locate the aircraft.
They said the search effort continued overnight to locate the missing plane. But the mission made little progress as they have not traced any wreckage or debris afloat.
"The search and rescue teams are still unable to detect the whereabouts of the missing aircraft" en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines said in a statement.
"The airline is continuously working with the authorities in providing assistance. In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, United States, will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time.
A command centre would be set up either in Kota Baru, in Kelantan state or in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, as soon as it could establish the location of the missing aircraft, it added.
Singapore has sent two warships and a naval helicopter to help in the search for the plane. China dispatched two rescue ships to join the multi-national teams to locate the flight.
Vietnam sent a boat to investigate a "strange object" spotted by a Singaporean search plane in the area in focus about 90 miles south of Vietnam's Tho Chu Island.
The US has also dispatched a team of experts, including officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, FBI and Boeing, to help authorities probe the missing plane.
The US Navy