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Satellite picked up 'electronic ping' from Malaysia plane

An "electronic ping" was picked up from the Malaysia Airlines flight by satellites after the plane lost contact with ground control, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, US officials have been given an "indication" the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean.

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China urges Malaysia to speed up search for jetliner

China has urged Malaysia to step up the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing three days ago with 239 people on board.

Around two- thirds of the passengers are Chinese, and the country's authorities have said the families of the missing deserve an explanation soon.

A relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries at the Beijing Capital International Airport. Credit: Reuters

"This incident happened more than two days ago, and we hope that the Malaysians can fully understand the urgency of China, especially of the family members, and can step up the speed of the investigation and increase efforts on search and rescue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.

Flight MH370 vanished in the early hours of Saturday, around an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and a friend of one passenger said families were growing impatient at the long wait for news.

"The family members are really not happy. They feel like they have waited far too long. The main thing they are interested in is whether there is anyone left alive or not," the man, surnamed Zhou, said.

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