Military Tracked Malaysia Airlines Jet to Strait of Malacca
Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday that the Western coast of the country near the Strait of Malacca was “now the focus” of the investigation after the Malaysian military said it had tracked the plane by radar over the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest maritime shipping channels.
Military officials said that flight 370 was last detected by military radar at 2:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, near the island of Pulau Perak at the northern end of the Strait of Malacca. It was flying at an altitude of 29,500 feet.
The airline also said that that authorities are “looking at a possibility of an attempt by MH370 to turn back to Subang,” emphasizing that “all angles are being looked at” and no possibilities are being ruled out.
Meanwhile, Vietnam is adding ground forces in the southern part of the country to the search according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The ongoing search is being conducted with assistance from Australia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. A total of nine aircraft and 24 vessels have been deployed so far.
On Monday, Malaysian authorities said that no debris from the missing plane has been recovered. Lab tests showed that the 12-mile or 20-kilometer-long oil slick sighted after the disappearance contained no jet fuel. What was thought to be a lifeboat in the Gulf of Thailand was the lid of a large box, according to the Vietnamese navy. Additionally, what was believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the 777’s tail were “logs tied together.”
According to the airline, the missing Boeing 777-200 underwent a maintenance check ten days before the flight and was scheduled for another check in the middle of June. At the time of the check in February, there were “no issues on the health of the aircraft.” The aircraft was delivered to Malaysia Airlines by Boeing in 2002 and has since recorded 53,465.21 hours in flight with a total of 7525 cycles.