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China Rules Out Terror Ties Among Its Citizens on Jet

A Royal Australian Air Force crew member of an Orion AP-C3 scanned the sea west of the Malaysian peninsula on Tuesday.
A Royal Australian Air Force crew member of an Orion AP-C3 scanned the sea west of the Malaysian peninsula on Tuesday.RAAF photo via Associated Press

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SEPANG, Malaysia — As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner spread out across an expanded area nearly the size of the continental United States, the Chinese government said Tuesday that it had ruled out the possibility that any of the Chinese citizens on the plane — about two-thirds of the 227 passengers — were terrorists, separatists or malcontents who might have tried to hijack or destroy it.

Searching one possible flight path, Australia said it would focus its efforts in a specific stretch of the southern Indian Ocean, using computer models of the plane’s possible flight path that take into account undisclosed satellite data, wind conditions and ocean currents and some assumptions about how fast it was flying and how much fuel it had left.

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