Friends Fear USC Graduate Student Was Aboard Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

By Jonathan Lloyd, Nyree Arabian, Steven Covelman and Conan Nolan
|  Friday, Mar 14, 2014  |  Updated 11:56 PM PDT
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U.S. Assists in Malaysian Jet Search

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This photo provided by Laurent Errera taken Dec. 26, 2011, shows the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared from air traffic control screens Saturday, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later. (AP Photo/Laurent Errera)

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Search Continues for Missing Malaysia Plane

The Wall Street Journal reports the plane's engines may have been running for four hours after its last known radar location. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Citizens, meanwhile, are using a website - http://www.Tomnod.com.com - to aid in the search

U.S. Assists in Malaysian Jet Search

The US is sending surveillance crews by air and sea to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014.
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Friends fear a 27-year-old University of Southern California graduate student was among the 239 passengers on board a Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing last weekend.

USC officials confirmed Qiao Xing graduated in December 2012 with an MS in Petroleum Engineering. 

The school did not confirm Xing was aboard the plane, but her name appears on the passenger manifest and friends told NBC4 they fear she was among the passengers.

Xing is an employee with Shell Oil Company in Beijing, according to her Linkedin profile.

The Boeing 777 vanished Saturday two hours after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur. It was bound for Beijing when contact with the Boeing 777's transponder stopped about a 12 minutes before a messaging system quit on the jet.

Investigators are increasingly certain the missing Malaysian Airlines jet turned back across the country after its last radio contact with air traffic controllers, and that someone with aviation skills was responsible for the change in course, a Malaysian government official said Friday. A U.S. official said in Washington that investigators are examining the possibility of "human intervention" in the plane's disappearance, adding it may have been "an act of piracy," the Associated Press reported.

The official, who wasn't authorized to talk to the media and spoke on condition of anonymity, said it also was possible the plane may have landed somewhere.

No theory has been ruled out in one of modern aviation's most puzzling mysteries.

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