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Malaysia verifying report airliner crashed at sea

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Saturday was checking a report by a Vietnamese navy official that a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing en route to Beijing has crashed, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.

"Since the report mentioned the Vietnamese navy, we need to verify that with them," he said, adding he had already requested the military to contact its Vietnamese counterpart.

The plane reportedly crashed in the South China Sea near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that it still had no information on the location of the missing plane.

DPA




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