State Department confirms three Americans aboard missing jet

BY Associated Press  March 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM EDT
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People stand beside the arrival board showing the missing Malaysia Airlines flight at Beijing Airport on March 8. The U.S. State Department confirmed Saturday that three Americans were among the 239 aboard the aircraft. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department confirms that three Americans were aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished Saturday.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki says in a statement that officials from the U.S. Embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Beijing are in contact with families of the passengers. The department says it’s working to determine if other U.S. citizens may have been on the flight.

No additional information was released.

The aircraft went missing early Saturday on a flight from Malaysia to Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes report spotting a pair of large oil slicks in the area where the Boeing 777 disappeared.

Psaki extended condolences to the loved ones of passengers on Flight MH370.