UPDATE: Malaysia Airlines lost communication with Boeing 777-200 aircraft; OK man on flight

9 p.m. update:  (AP) Vietnamese aircraft spot what could be one of the doors of a Boeing 777 in the Gulf of Thailand, two days after it disappeared with 239 people aboard.

6:45 p.m. update: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's transport minister says authorities are looking at footage of the two passengers who boarded a missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner with stolen passports, as they try to determine who they are.

   At a news conference, he says intelligence officials are examining "visuals of these two people."

   But he told reporters the focus now is finding the missing plane. He says that would make it easier for authorities to investigate whether it was brought down by foul play.

   Meanwhile, Vietnamese authorities are trying to get a closer look at an object that might be a part of the aircraft. They've dispatched ships to check out an object that a search plane spotted in the waters off Vietnam. Officials want to see if it could be a door from the Boeing 777. It's in the same area as where two oil slicks were seen yesterday.

   Authorities say an orange object seen in the area earlier turned out not to be from the aircraft.

   Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people, including three Americans, when it vanished from radar while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

3:15 p.m. update: KELLER, Texas (AP) -- The family of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing says they saw him about a week ago when he visited home.

   "There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life," James Wood says. He is the brother of Philip Wood, one of three Americans on the Boeing 777. Wood spoke via telephone from the family's home in Keller.

   Philip Wood's confirmed LinkedIn page lists him as a Technical Storage Executive at IBM Malaysia. He visited Keller last week before relocating to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Beijing, where he'd worked for two years.

   James Wood says the family's faith is keeping them together.

   "We are one family, there are 240 other families. Our hearts go out to them," he says.

9:15 p.m. update: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- An Austin, Texas, technology company says 20 of its employees were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the South China Sea.

   Jacey Zuniga, a spokeswoman for Freescale Semiconductor, says 12 Malaysian and 8 Chinese employees are "confirmed passengers." She says no American citizen Freescale employees were on the flight.

   "At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families," Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Freescale says in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event."  The company, the statement reads, has assembled a team of counselors for those impacted by the tragedy.

   Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 airplane, was last seen on radar at 1:30 a.m. (1730 GMT Friday) above the waters where the South China sea.

8:15 p.m. update: Malaysia Airlines released a list of passengers on the missing flight

7:00 p.m. update: Oklahoma Christian University confirms Phil Woods, passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight. Woods graduated from OCU in the mid 80s and is well known at the school. KFOR, another NBC station says he grew up in the Edmond area and then moved to Texas. 

4 p.m. update: NBC reports that most people on the plane are Chinese. Three passengers are Americans — one adult and two children, according to the passenger manifest.

Vietnamese authorities say its rescue planes found two large oil slicks and a column of smoke off of the coastline, but they haven't officially attributed them to the missing plane.

9 a.m. update: MILAN (AP) -- Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.

   Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.

   A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August.

   Italian news agency ANSA says Maraldi called home after hearing reports that an Italian with his name was aboard the plane.

   Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand.  Weiss would not confirm the identity.

10 p.m. update: BEIJING (AP) -- China's state media say Vietnamese authorities have detected signals from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

   The Xinhua News Agency, citing a local Vietnamese media report, says a Vietnamese search and rescue official reported that the signals have been detected from the plane from about 220 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Vietnam's southernmost coastal province of Ca Mau.

   Malaysia Airlines says its Boeing 777-200 carrying

239 people lost contact over the South China Sea early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- China's state news agency is reporting that the Malaysia Airlines aircraft has lost contact over Vietam.

   Malaysia Airlines said Saturday it lost communication with a plane carrying 239 people on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and search and rescue teams were trying to locate the aircraft.

   The flight is operated on the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12: 41 a.m. Saturday and was expected to land in Beijing at 6: 30 a.m. the same day.

   According to China's Xinhua News Agency, the plane lost communication over Vietnam with the control department in the Ho Chi Minh area at 1:20 a.m. Saturday and that radar contact also was lost.

   The plane was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members. NBC is reporting that three Americans may also be on this plane.

   Worried relatives and friends of passengers have been asked to gather to a hotel about a 30 minute drive from the airport to wait for further information. Airport authorities have provided shuttle bus service.

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