Missing MH370: Oil slick not from missing plane

Missing MH370: Oil slick not from missing plane

PASIR PUTEH, Malaysia - The sample of oil slick recovered off the coast of Tok Bali, Kelantan, is not oil from the missing MH370 plane, said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

The agency's eastern region enforcement chief Datuk Nasir Adam said test results showed that it was "bunker" oil from passing ships.

"The oil slick is from bunkering activities and not from an aircraft," said Nasir at the agency's base in Tok Bali yesterday.

The result was confirmed by the Chemistry Department.

On Sunday, the MMEA's search team found a 16km-long "yellowish" oil slick about 20 nautical miles south of the last point of contact of the plane.

Nasir, who led the MMEA's search and rescue operations, said there was still no clue to indicate the location of the missing aircraft.

"Our search sectors today are closer to the coast of Besut and we did not find any clue," he said.

In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said New Zealand had come forward to offer its maritime surveillance aircraft for search and rescue operations.

 

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