Military tracked missing plane for at least 100 miles after it vanished from civilian radar – and are sure it made it to Malacca Strait, Malaysian source reveals
By JAMES RUSH
11 March 2014
Missing flight MH370 made a u-turn near where it was last logged by air traffic controllers and was then tracked for an hour by military radar, a Malaysian air force general has revealed.
The aircraft was last detected by military technology near Pulau Perak, at the northern approach to the strait of Malacca – where the search for the Boeing 777 is now concentrating.
It was spotted around 2.45am – an hour later than the last time it showed up on civilian radar screens.
General Rodzali Daud said that a military radar installation at a base in Pulau Perak had detected the plane. A separate military source said it was flying low at the time.
Malaysia’s military believes the airliner missing for almost four days with 239 people on board flew for more than an hour after vanishing from air traffic control.
The disclosure raises key questions over the search for the plane, which had initially concentrated on the area where it was last plotted by civilian air traffic control.