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Oil found in ocean didn't come from missing plane

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Several countries have sent ships to help in the search. Several countries have sent ships to help in the search.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -

Another possible clue to the disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner has turned out to be unconnected to the plane.

Malaysian maritime officials had found some oil slicks in the South China Sea, and they sent a sample to a lab to see if the oil came from the missing plane. They say tests showed that the oil was not from an aircraft.

Earlier, searchers investigated a yellow object that looked like a life raft. It turned out to be trash covered with moss that was floating in the ocean.

Meanwhile, authorities in Thailand have been questioning the owners of a travel agency that sold one-way tickets to two men who are now known to have been traveling on the flight using stolen passports. Interpol says it's trying to determine their identities.

The police agency says it has a database of 40 million stolen or lost travel documents -- but that last year, more than a billion times, travelers boarded planes without their passports being checked against the database.

The plane was on a flight to Beijing when it disappeared over the weekend with 239 people on board.

Grand Horizon Travel told police they received an order for the two one-way tickets from a China Southern Airlines office in Bangkok. It then passed the booking to a second agency in Pattaya, Thailand, called Six Stars Travel, which issued the tickets.

There was no indication the two men had anything to do with the plane's disappearance.

Police said the stolen passports were entered into Interpol's database after they were stolen in Thailand in 2012 and last year. Thai immigration police said the original documents went missing in Thailand over the past two years, but they weren't used to exit the country, which was why they weren't detected.

The Malaysia Airlines flight vanished Saturday, March 8th, on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. So far no traces of it have been confirmed.

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