The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished Saturday over Southeast Asia may have disintegrated in midflight, a source said.
Intelligence officials, including the FBI, vowed to investigate the chilling mystery as ships raced to check a piece of debris sighted in the water off Vietnam.
One minute, Flight MH370 was flying smoothly in clear weather high above the South China Sea, zipping along its route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. The next minute, the plane was gone — and no one knows why.
The theory that the 100-ton Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 239 people burst into pieces 35,000 feet above the Earth could point to a sudden explosion.
“The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,” a source involved in the probe told Reuters on Sunday.
Most crashes occur during takeoff or landing, and the 777 is known as extremely reliable.
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