Live updates now at this link http://www.theguardian.com/world/bl...ines-flight-370-search-continues-live-updates Oil slicks spotted in search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane – Live Vietnam air force spots oil slicks consistent with crash at sea Plane en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/08/malaysian-airlines-plane-live Kirsten Broomhall and Mike Ticher An information board indicating that flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines is delayed, at Beijing Capital International Airport. An information board indicating that flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines is delayed, at Beijing Capital International Airport. Photograph: HAP/Quirky China News/REX 53m ago The New Straits Times is reporting that Malaysia’s immigration department is to open a special counter for families of the passengers, to help process instant passports for them if and when they need to travel to the site of the plane. It said the counter would be opened at the passport office in Putrajaya in addition to the two existing counters at the Urban Transformation Centres in Pudu and Sentul. 1h 14m ago Similar to the case of Luigi Maraldi, Austria has said that one of its citizens included on the passenger list was not on board the flight. Austria’s foreign ministry spokesman, Martin Weiss, told media outlets on Saturday that the citizen, who he did not name, was safely living in Austria and had his passport stolen two years ago during a visit to Thailand. There is only one Austrian on the passenger list: Christian Kozel, aged 30. Updated 1h 14m ago 1h 42m ago And more from Kate Hodal on Luigi Maraldi … The Italian honorary consul Francesco Pensato in Phuket, Thailand, has confirmed Maraldi was in Phuket and they are checking whether it may have been a different man with the same name and date of birth on the plane. 1h 47m ago Kate Hodal has been following up stories that an Italian man whose name is on the passenger list did not in fact get on the plane. The Italian embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, told Hodal that Luigi Maraldi is an Italian national living in Phuket who was recently given a new passport but did not get on the flight. The embassy could not provide details on when the new passport was issued, possibly a couple of months ago, Hodal was told. An embassy official told her it sounded like a case of “double passports”, where the new one is issued but the old one is stolen, although there was also the possibility that it could be a different Luigi Maraldi on board. Maraldi himself has been quoted by other media as saying his old passport was stolen last year.