Missing MH370: Unidentified plot spotted 200km north of Penang

Missing MH370: Unidentified plot spotted 200km north of Penang

SEPANG: It is still likely that the Malaysia Airlines B777-200 had diverted its flight path towards the Malacca Straits after making an air turn-back.

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud said military radar records last spotted an unidentified civilian aircraft flying towards the Andaman sea some 200 kilometres north-west of Penang.

He said Air Force radar tracked the unidentified aircraft in that area and was last spotted at about 2:15am on Saturday when the MH370 flight was reported missing.

"We are still corroborating this with civilian radar to confirm whether that plot (that appeared on the military radar) belonged to the missing plane," he told a press conference, to update the developments of the Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

Rodzali said the military was working closely with United States aviation regulators the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to confirm the identity of the aircraft.

At the same conference, acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the SAR effort was still being carried out in both the South China Sea and the Malacca Straits.


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