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UPDATE: Stolen passports on missing plane

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Plane missing is similar to this Boeing 777 (Loren Callahan/AP Photo) Plane missing is similar to this Boeing 777 (Loren Callahan/AP Photo)

MILAN (AP) -- Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of the 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 actually on the missing plane.

A foreign ministry functionary 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 spokesperson Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand.  Weiss did not confirm the identity.

The plane went missing early Saturday. Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks that near the location of the disappearance.

The CEO of Malaysia Airlines said there was no indication that there was a distress signal.  Officials say the fact that there was apparently no call for help suggests whatever happened to the flight happened quickly.

The US Navy says it has dispatched a warship to help in the search of the missing jetliner.  The USS Pinckney will be heading to the southern coast of Vietnam.  It is expected they'll reach their destination within 24 hours.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks that authorities suspect are from a Malaysian jetliner that went missing early Saturday.

A statement from the Vietnamese government says the slicks were spotted off the southern tip of Vietnam.  The slicks were between six miles and fifteen miles long.  The slicks were like those that would be made after a jetliner crashes.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared from radar screens with 239 people on board.  The State Department says three Americans were on the plane, but they are working on finding out if there were other U.S. citizens.

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