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 expands sea searches for missing aircraft

China's foreign ministry has said its aircraft are not conducting searches over land for a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft but it is expanding searches at sea.

Earlier in the day the chief of China's civil aviation authority said that searches would be broadened to include land areas.

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