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Malaysian Airlines plane still missing

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

Malaysian Airlines senior officials Dr Hugh Dunleavy (L) and member of the airline's crisis management team, Ignatius Ong (R), face the Chinese media after arriving in China to deal with the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, in Beijing on 8 March 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - It's been more than two days since the Malaysia Airlines aircraft went missing with more than 200 people, including two infants, on board and no wreckage has been found.

The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation says no emergency signal has been detected by the search vessels following the disappearance of the aircraft.

An international search effort is underway for the aircraft, which lost communication with air traffic control while flying over the South China Sea.

The department's Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said, "The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency also spotted objects in the South China Sea and have taken samples of it. There are various objects that we have seen, but none of them are from the aircraft."

The Boeing 777-200ER jetliner, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 14 nationalities on board, went off the radar just after midnight on Friday.

A man stands beside the arrival board showing the flight MH370 (top-red) at the Beijing Airport after news of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared on 8 March 2014. Picture: AFP

The International Relations Department has confirmed no South Africans are on board.

STOLEN PASSPORTS

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has confirmed at least two passports recorded as stolen in its database were used by passengers on board.

The Malaysian government is now examining CCTV footage of the two passengers.

Authorities are not ruling out the possibility that the Malaysian aircraft could have been hijacked en route to Beijing.

Rescuers from several nations mounted an air and sea search on 8 March for a Malaysia Airlines jet that has gone missing over Southeast Asia on Saturday 8 March 2014. Picture: AFP.

'NEVER TURNED BACK'

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

Air Force Chief Rodzali Daud says, "It looks like a recording and there is an indication that the aircraft never turned back. At the moment, as we speak, we are trying to make sense of this. But we are still looking for areas from our international agencies."

CNN's Jim Clancy says there are still no records of what happened on board.

"He [Rodzali Daud] says the records need to be examined like forensic evidence. They need to get some tin order to determine exactly what they mean."

OBJECT SPOTTED

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

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.

Additional reporting by: Reuters