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Malaysian military says missing jet changed course

  • Eileen Ng

    The Jakarta Post

Kuala Lumpur   /   Tue, March 11, 2014   /  10:55 pm
Malaysian military says missing jet changed course Final preparations: Indonesian air force crewmen prepare a Boeing 737 Surveiller maritime patrol aircraft of the 5th Air Squadron "Black Mermaids" for a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that will be conducted over Malacca Straits, at Suwondo Air Force Base in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday. Authorities hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded their search on land and sea Tuesday, reflecting the difficulties in finding traces of the Boeing 777 more than three days after it vanished with 239 people on board. (AP/Binsar Bakkara) (AP/Binsar Bakkara)

Final preparations: Indonesian air force crewmen prepare a Boeing 737 Surveiller maritime patrol aircraft of the 5th Air Squadron "Black Mermaids" for a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that will be conducted over Malacca Straits, at Suwondo Air Force Base in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday. Authorities hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded their search on land and sea Tuesday, reflecting the difficulties in finding traces of the Boeing 777 more than three days after it vanished with 239 people on board. (AP/Binsar Bakkara)

The Malaysian military says it has radar evidence showing the missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of kilometers away from the last location reported by civilian authorities.

The development injects new mystery into the investigation of the flight's disappearance.

Local newspaper Berita Harian quoted Malaysian air force chief Gen. Rodzali Daud as saying radar at a military base had detected the airliner near Pulau Perak, at the northern approach to the strait.

A high-ranking military official involved in the investigation confirmed the report on Tuesday and also said the aircraft was believed to be flying low.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. (*****)

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