The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 continues as search efforts expand even further. The airline announced Tuesday it was expanding the search to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of miles away from where the Boeing 777’s location was last confirmed.
The Malacca Strait is located between Malaysia’s western coast and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island which lies on the complete opposite side of Malaysia from the plane’s last known location.
To reach the busy shipping lane, the plane would have had to cross over the entire country.
It has been nearly four days since the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and vanished without a trace, less than an hour after takeoff, with 239 passengers on board. The plane never sent a distress signal. Authorities have said it is possible the plane may have attempted to turn around to Kuala Lumpur before dropping off the radar.
The Associated Press first reported the Malaysian military had radar data that shows the jet changing course and made it to the Malacca Strait, according to a senior military official. He also said he believed the plane was flying low.
Malaysia’s civil aviation chief Abdul Rahman said the search continues “on both sides” of the country but did not confirm the search focus had redirected to the country’s western coast.
The head of Interpol has stated the missing Malaysia Airlines flight disappearance does not appear to be linked to terrorism. However, the director of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency said that terrorism could not be ruled out on Tuesday.
“You cannot discount any theory,” CIA Director John Brennan said in Washington.
New information regarding the two Iranian men who used stolen passports to board the plane make terrorism less likely says Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble.
An extensive review of all those on board continues.