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Crews still searching for missing plane

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The search continues for a missing Malaysian Airlines plane in the South China Sea.

There's been new information in the past hour. Officials are telling families to, "prepare for the worst," but haven't said if the missing plane has been found.

They are now looking into radar tracking the flight, showing the plane turned back without ever sending a distress call. "When there is an air turn back, normally the pilot is unable to proceed as per plan," says Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Malaysia Airlines CEO.

The Boeing 777 was on its way from Malaysia's capital city shortly after midnight Saturday to Beijing. It was last detected on radar at 1:30 a.m.

There were 239 people on board. Three of them are Americans, including Phillip Wood of Texas. Authorities are looking into two other passengers on board who were traveling with stolen passports:

"The record of these CCTV's are now being used for the investigation into this matter," says Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman of the Department of Civil Aviation

The expansive aerial search has resumed Sunday morning for any sign of wreckage. A Vietnamese plane spotted one possible clue -- an oil slick stretching between six to nine miles in the Gulf of Thailand.

The U.S. is one of six countries lending a hand, sending a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board. The FBI has also offered to send agents to support the investigation.

More distraught families arrived at a hotel near Beijing airport as search teams work around the clock, holding on to hope that their loved ones may still be alive.

The U.S. is also rerouting military ships and planes to the search area.