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Missing Malaysia Airlines flight is an 'unprecedented aviation mystery'

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After 34 planes and 40 ships spent over two days searching, there is still no trace of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. It's an "unprecedented aviation mystery," Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, said at a press conference Monday morning.

Rahman also noted that all theories — including hijacking or a bombing — were still being investigated. "Unfortunately we have not found anything that appears to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft," he said.

Over the weekend, possible signs of the airplane's wreckage, like a "rectangular object" that resembled a door, were spotted floating in the South China Sea, but searchers couldn't locate or confirm them. U.S. Navy officials stationed in the area said they haven't seen any debris either, and over the weekend, a life raft spotted out to sea turned out to be a "moss-covered cap of a cable reel."

The focus of the investigation has now turned to stolen passports that were used by two passengers. Ronald Noble, an official from Interpol, said it was "too soon" to speculate on whether there is a connection between the theft and the plane's disappearance, saying it was "clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol databases."