Missing MH370: Search and rescue scope expanded to Straits of Malacca

Missing MH370: Search and rescue scope expanded to Straits of Malacca
This picture taken from aboard a flying Soviet-made AN-26 used as a search aircraft by Vietnamese Air Force to look for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, shows a crew member looking out the window during search operations over the southern seas off Vietnam on March 9, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - The search and rescue scope has been expanded beyond the flight path to the West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said in a statement at 11.15am today.

It said the authorities were looking at a possibility of an attempt made by the missing MH370 flight to turn back to Subang.

"As we enter into Day 4, the aircraft is yet to be found.

"All angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities," the airlines said.

MAS added that the SAR mission is aided by various countries - Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and the United States of America.

The airlines said the assets deployed to cover the search and rescue were extensive, where nine aircraft and 24 vessels were deployed on this mission.

It said apart from the search in the sea, search on land in between these areas was also being conducted.

"The search and rescue teams have analysed debris and oil slick found in the waters. It is confirmed that it does not belong to MH370."

MAS also said it had a special task force to take care of families of the passengers.

It said Mercy Malaysia, Tzu Chi and others were also helping the airlines by providing special psychological counseling to families and the MH crew.

MAS added that the Chinese government officials in Malaysia were working closely with the airlines.

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