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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'Overwhelming response' to search for missing jet

The response to the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet from neighbouring countries and international agencies has been "overwhelming", the Malaysian acting transportation minister has said.

The minister said the response from neighbouring countries and international agencies had been 'overwhelming'. Credit: APTN

Hishammuddin Hussein said coordinating the search effort had not been easy, but revealed the situation was now "moving very, very fast".

"Let us pray that we get some more positive results in the near future," he added.

The minister also warned the media against publishing any unverified information to avoid causing distress to the families of the 239 missing passengers.

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