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The discovery, which could confirm the worst fears of anguished relatives, came after Malaysia's government launched a terror probe into the Boeing 777's disappearance, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports. The island is part of a small archipelago off the south-western tip of Vietnam, and lies northeast of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, from where Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 left early Saturday bound for Beijing. They have located the position of the areas and flown back to land," the Vietnamese official added. Two large oil slicks which authorities suspect were caused by jet fuel were detected late Saturday further south of the island chain, and observed later by an AFP journalist aboard a Vietnamese spotter plane.