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Indian coastguards join hunt for missing Malaysian plane now

Indian coastguards join hunt for missing Malaysian plane now
A Dornier aircraft belonging to the coastguard set off at 2.30 pm local time to search the eastern side of the Andaman islands, on orders from New Delhi, said VSR Murthy, the inspector general of the coastguard service on the islands. The airliner, which had 239 people on board, vanished from air traffic control screens midway between Malaysia’s east coast and Vietnam.

Malaysia’s military radar has detected what could have been the jetliner in the northern Malacca Strait, a stretch of water that flows into the Andaman Sea, Malaysia’s air force chief said earlier on Wednesday. He stressed that the information needed to be corroborated. The jetliner, missing for almost five days, has been traced to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Phuket, hundreds of miles from its last known position, the country’s air force chief said on Wednesday.

After a series of at times conflicting statements, the latest revelation underlined that authorities remain uncertain even where to look for the plane, and no closer to explaining what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 or the 239 people on board.

The flight disappeared from civilian radar screens shortly before 1:30 am on Saturday, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, as it flew northeast across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand bound for Beijing. What happened next is one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation history.
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