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Malaysia Airlines: 'Fearing For The Worst'

A Vietnam coast guard ship is seen anchored at a local naval base at Phu Quoc island, in the waters of southern Vietnam, wher
A Vietnam coast guard ship is seen anchored at a local naval base at Phu Quoc island, in the waters of southern Vietnam, where a Malaysian Airlines jet was presumed lost on March 8, 2014. Vietnam said its search planes spotted oil slicks in the sea near where a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people mysteriously vanished and was presumed lost. AFP PHOTO/LE QUANG NHAT (Photo credit should read LE QUANG NHAT/AFP/Getty Images)

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Reuters) - Malaysia Airlines said on Sunday it now feared the worst for its missing plane carrying 239 people, more than a day after it went missing, and was working with a U.S. company that specialises in disaster recovery.

"In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, USA will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time," the airline said in a statement.

The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.