Missing MAS jet may have turned back: Malaysian military

Missing MAS jet may have turned back: Malaysian military
Malaysia's Transport and Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein speaks at a news conference at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 9, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Radar tracking indicates Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have headed back to KL before disappearing
Published: 2:15 PM, March 9, 2014
Updated: 6:21 PM, March 10, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR — Radar tracking a missing Malaysia Airlines flight indicated that it may have turned back from its scheduled route to Beijing before disappearing, and Malaysian rescue teams have expanded their search to the country’s western coast, Malaysian military officials said today (March 9).

“What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realised there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turnback,” Mr Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told reporters at a news conference.

The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast. REUTERS