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Updated Flight 370 leads


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Updated Flight 370 leads

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 9, 2014

New leads prompted the Vietnam and Thailand navies to search for clues as to what led to the mysterious Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance early on March 8. An estimated 40 planes and more than two dozen global ships are currently searching for answers.

Three search and rescue boats were assigned 50 miles southwest of Tho Chu Island in Vietnam after Vietnam's navy spotted a floating object. Thailand's navy, meanwhile, is looking in the Andaman Sea after new Malaysian theories include the possibilty that the plane turned around mid-flight to change course.

"One promising lead has turned out to be a dead end. A 'strange object' spotted by a Singaporean search plane late Sunday afternoon is not debris from the missing jetliner," reports CNN. "A U.S. reconnaissance plane 'thought it saw something like debris but it was a false alarm,' said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity."

What are thought to be oil slicks were found 90 miles south of Tho Chu Island by a Vietnamese plane.

"Among the passengers, there were 154 people from China or Taiwan; 38 Malaysians, and three U.S. citizens," according to CNN. "Five of the passengers were younger than 5 years old."

With two of the passengers confirmed to have been using stolen passports, and more in question, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble says, "Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol's databases," further reports CNN. The two unidentified boarders had purchased their tickets together from China Southern Airlines.

No confirmed terrorist plot has been linked to this horrifying situation as of yet. "Another possible explanation for the use of the stolen passports is illegal immigration," adds CNN.

CNN further notes that if all 227 passengers and 12 crew members are pronounced dead, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be the "deadliest airline disaster" since American Airlines Flight 587 in 2001.

View our GALLERY of the families of missing Flight 370 passengers. 

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.