Malaysian plane: Govt examines CCTV footage

Authorities are not ruling out the possibility that the aircraft could have been hijacked.

A woman (R) breaks down while leaving the reception centre for families and friends after an airliner went missing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Malaysian government is now examining CCTV footage of two passengers on board of the missing Boeing 777-200ER who were allegedly travelling with stolen passports.

Authorities are not ruling out the possibility that the aircraft with more than 200 people on board could have been hijacked en route to Beijing.

The plane went missing two hours after departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Friday night.

Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the main focus now is to find the aircraft.

"I can confirm that the two individuals concerned and their details have been forwarded to the intelligence agencies, not only local but international. I don't want to reveal any information that may affect the investigation."

STRANGE OBJECT SPOTTED

A "strange object" has been reportedly spotted in the area where the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was last reported.

More than 200 people, including two infants, boarded the Boeing 777-200ER which was on its way from Kuala Lampur to Beijing.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement personnel during search and rescue operations in Terengganu for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200. Malaysia on 9 March launched a terror probe into the disappearance, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones. Picture: AFP.

Vietnam on Sunday sent a search boat to investigate the object spotted by a Singaporean search plane.

It's understood the "strange object was reported floating in the vicinity of Tho Chu Island in the Gulf of Thailand.

Authorities are also investigating the identity of two passengers who allegedly bought tickets with stolen passports.

CNN's Jim Clancy says, "Was this any foul play? All of these are possibilities. But by no means is anything confirmed at this stage.

"We're really dealing with an open book when it comes to what happened to this Malaysia Airlines flight."

Malaysia military reported the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers said on Sunday, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane and the 239 people aboard.

Rescuers from several nations launched an air and sea search on March 8 for a Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing over Southeast Asia on 8 March. Picture: AFP.