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Obama: 'Every resource' available to find missing plane

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President Obama on Wednesday said that the U.S. had made available “every resource” to help Malaysia find a missing passenger jet, which disappeared over a week ago.

“We have put every resource we have available at the disposal of the search process,” Obama said in an interview with KDFW, a Dallas-area Fox station.

Obama’s comments were his first public remarks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8. The flight carrying 239 passengers and crew was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, before air traffic controllers lost contact.

The president said that there “has been close cooperation with the Malaysian government.”

He added that the National Transportation Safety Board and FBI, as well as “anybody who typically deals with anything related to our aviation system is available.”

Asked if the NTSB and FBI were able to do enough to help locate the plane, Obama replied “absolutely.”

The investigation into the missing flight has been plagued with controversy after Malaysian officials changed the search and initially provided incorrect or unsubstantiated information.

The Obama administration, though, has said only that Malaysia is taking the lead in the search and offered support.

"We want to send out our thoughts and prayers to all the families that have been affected, particularly our American families who — I can only imagine what they are going through, with all this uncertainty that's taken place," said Obama in the interview.

The White House has declined to speculate about what happened to the jet, saying it was too early in the investigation.

“It remains the case that, you know, we are not in a position yet to draw conclusions about what happened,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Carney said Obama was being “updated regularly” on the search.

This story was published at 6:30 p.m. and has been updated.

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