The United States is increasing its involvement in the search, contributing two guided missile destroyers, each with two helicopters aboard, and a P-3C Orion airplane designed to detect submarines -- or, in this case, airplane debris in the water. This augments a search coalition that has brought together 10 countries to help. It is unclear, though, how closely these search efforts are being coordinated between countries and how international efforts for the investigation will be shared, writes FP's Dan Lamothe.
As the international fleet of search vessels and aircraft shifts from the eastern coast of Vietnam to the western coast, officials are now discounting the possibility that the stolen passports used to board the flight could be evidence of a terrorist attack. One of the passengers flying with false documents has been identified as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, an Iranian teenager who is believed to have been trying to seek asylum in Germany. He is not believed to have any links to terrorism.
Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Western countries of "hypocrisy against Israel" in efforts to reach a nuclear accord with Israel while Iran continues arms shipments. Netanyahu delivered his remarks in front of an array of rockets, mortars, and small-arms ammunition seized by Israeli forces last week aboard a ship that had sailed from Iran.
-By J. Dana Stuster