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Malaysian Military Says Missing Jet Went Wildly Off Course

Students Pray For Passengers Onboard MH370 In Zhuji
ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images Students from an international school in the eastern Chinese city of Zhuji hold a candlelight vigil for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane on March 10, 2014

A Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with hundreds on board showed up on military radar hundreds of miles from the spot where it was last seen on civilian scopes, a signal that it veered wildly off course before disappearing

The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane showed up on military radar hundreds of miles away from where it lost contact with civilian authorities before vanishing Saturday, a Malaysian air-force official said Tuesday.

Air-force chief General Rodzali Daud said a military base near the Strait of Malacca detected Flight MH370 in the early morning hours at the northern approach of the busy international waterway, the Associated Press reports.

“After that, the signal from the plane was lost,” Rodzali said.

The search for the flight, which originated in Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard, has been widened to include the Malacca Strait. Earlier search efforts had been focused along the eastern coast of Malaysia and Vietnam, the last area to which civilian officials tracked it. The search for the mysteriously missing plane has stumped authorities thus far.


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