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What we know and don’t about the missing MH370

A relative of a passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she walks past journalists at a hotel in Beijing today. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER aircraft carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast yesterday. – Reuters pic, March 9, 2014.A relative of a passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she walks past journalists at a hotel in Beijing today. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER aircraft carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast yesterday. – Reuters pic, March 9, 2014.Flight MH370 is still missing more than 30 hours after vanishing with 239 people on board as authorities widen an international search and rescue mission across the South China Sea and inexplicably, the Malacca Straits.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER had taken off at 12.40am on Saturday from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport but failed to arrive in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

Here is what we know about MH370

* Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact hour after takeoff with the last known location off Kota Baru

* No distress signal or sign of bad weather

* The KL-Beijing flight carried 227 passengers and 12 crew members

* Two passengers were travelling under false identities

* Two more passengers have unverified identities

* The pilots are experienced

* The aircraft had undergone checks in the last 10 days

* The aircraft would have run out of fuel by 8am on Saturday

What we don't know about MH370

* Where is the aircraft now

* What happened that it suddenly lost contact with air traffic controllers

* Why didn't the emergency transponders work

* Is it in Malaysian waters or elsewhere

The following are unverified news that could be linked to MH370

* What are the oil slicks and smoke plumes detected by the Vietnamese navy

* Oil industry chatter says workers on a Talisman Energy oil rig around Block PM-3 CAA saw something crashing into the sea

* Are the stolen passports linked to terrorists. – March 9, 2014.

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