Thailand Navy Phuket Malaysian Airlines Search

Thai Navy Relaunches Search for Missing Malaysian Plane off Phuket

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command has confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that it will continue its search-and-rescue mission for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Malacca Strait.

The news follows the revelation late this afternoon that Flight MH370 had diverted from its scheduled course and crossed the Malay peninsula toward the busy shipping lanes southwest of Phuket.

Third Naval Area Commander Vice Admiral Tharathorn Khajitsuwan reported earlier today that his officers were calling off their search as they had failed to find any remains of the Boeing 777or the 239 people on board (story here).

However, a senior source within the Malaysian military told Reuters this afternoon that the aircraft flew for more than an hour after vanishing from air traffic control screens, changing course and travelling west over the Strait of Malacca.


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