Mar. 9 - No sign of missing Malaysia Airlines plane more than 24 hours on but questions arise over passenger identities. Paul Chapman reports
More than 24 hours after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 the country's civil aviation chief said its fate was still a mystery. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN SAYING, "The rescue operations continued last night, until this morning. We have to report that we are not able to locate or see anything. Therefore, there is nothing new to report." The Boeing aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew lost contact on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It's emerged two Europeans named in the passenger manifest had both lost their passports in Thailand, one last year, the other two years previously. The identities of two other passengers are also being investigated. But there've been no reports of sabotage or claims of an attack. Despite the mystery there appears little sign it's damaged the confidence of people travelling on other Malaysian Airlines flights. Those checking in at Kuala Lumpur airport on Sunday were philosophical. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN AIRLINES PASSENGER EMBARKING ON A FLIGHT TO LONDON, SUNDRA RAO, SAYING: "Well, there are lots of mishaps in the world. But life has to go on. It happened yesterday and today, I'm flying off to London. I've already booked the ticket a month ahead." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN AIRLINES PASSENGER EMBARKING ON A FLIGHT TO LONDON, WHO ONLY GAVE HIS NAME AS TREVOR, SAYING: "There's no reason why not because it's a good airline. It's a one-off. We don't know what's happened yet, whether it's the aircraft or anything else could have dropped from the sky." As the search for Flight MH 370 goes on relatives of those missing with it were still gathering in Beijing on Sunday to wait for news. Of the total passengers, more than half were Chinese. Despite the absence of wreckage sightings Malaysian Airlines said on Sunday it feared the worst.