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Malaysian air force dismisses reports that missing Boeing 777 flew over Strait of Malacca

March 12, 2014, 10:52 UTC+3

Media reported earlier that the military managed to locate the plane in hundreds of kilometers from the point where he was located for the last time by civil aviation services

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BANGKOK, March 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Malaysian Air Force command has dismissed media reports saying that the Boeing 777-200, before it disappeared, had been located by military radars over the Strait of Malacca March 7. Reuters news agency reported about the disproof statement on Wednesday.

“I would like to stress that I had not made such statements,” the news agency quoted Malaysian air force chief Rodzali Daud as saying.

Earlier, local media reported with reference to the commander that the plane, before it disappeared, changed the route and flew towards the Strait of Malacca. Malaysian air force radars allegedly located the plane in hundreds of kilometers from the place, where it was located for the last time by civil aviation services.


The plane’s disappearance

Boeing 777-200 with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers departed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Friday, March 7. Nearly two hours after the departure, the plane unexpectedly disappeared from the radar screens and the crew stopped to establish communication. In this moment, it was supposed to be over the South China Sea in 120 km from the city of Kota Bharu.

After the list of passengers was published, it turned out that two people got on the plane with stolen passports. The real owners of the passports, an Italian and an Austrian, reported that they lost their documents in Thailand.

According to Interpol, two Iranians used the stolen documents. However, the international police doubts that these men could in anyway be part of the plane’s disappearance.

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