• Malaysia won’t give up hope on airliner

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    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities on Wednesday said they would “never give up hope” of finding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew.

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    At a combative news conference on the fifth day of the vast hunt, Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein also justified their decision to enlarge the search area to hundreds of kilometers away from its flight path.

    Asked whether the search had now collapsed into confusion, he said: “I don’t think so.
    It’s far from it. It’s only confusion if you want it to be seen as confusion.

    Air Force chief Rodzali Daud also said authorities were investigating an unidentified flying object about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of the Malaysian state of Penang around the time the plane vanished early Saturday.

    That is hundreds of kilometers to the west of the plane’s planned Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing flight path.

    Authorities have said radar data records indicated the “possibility” that the plane may have attempted to “turn back” to Kuala Lumpur shortly before its disappearance, but have not revealed the specifics of the data.

    “The last plot happened at 2:15 [am]. . . 200 miles northwest of Penang. We are corroborating this. We are not saying this is MH370. It’s an unidentified plot,” Rodzali said.

    AFP

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