No sign of missing Malaysian plane

The Boeing 777-200ER series went missing on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lampur.

There is still no sign of a Malaysia Airways plane that went missing on Saturday 8 March 2014 on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lampur. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - There is still no sign of a Malaysia Airways plane that went missing on Saturday morning.

At least three countries are currently involved in a search and rescue operation, leaving families frustrated as they wait for conformation of whether the plane has crashed.

A Vietnamese aircraft has reportedly spotted liquid and rubbish on the surface of the ocean near where the plane is believed to have gone off the radar.

The Boeing 777-200ER series went missing on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lampur.

CNN spoke to journalist Shafizan Johari who is at the Kuala Lampur International Airport and says the Malaysian acting transport minister didn't want to speculate about a possibility of a terrorist attack.

"Prior to this flight there was no question about the security of the airport. There was also speculation about the possibility of a terrorist attack and again the minister didn't want to comment about this."

CNN's David McKenzie says Malaysian Airlines has an excellent safety record, but it's too early to speculate what could have gone wrong.

"The last accident with any kind of fatality was in the mid-90s. Malaysian Airlines is a very well respected airline in Asia.

"Right now it's a case of waiting, agonizing and wondering what happened. It's way too early to understand any reasons why this happened."

Malaysian Airlines is assisting the families who have now been taken to a nearby hotel while they wait to hear the fate of their loved ones.