Malaysia's air force chief Rodzali Daud said radar indicated that the plane may have turned back, but did not give further details on which direction it went or how far it veered off course. "We are trying to make sense of this," Daud said at a news conference. "The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back, and in some parts this was corroborated by civilian radar."
The plane, which was carrying 239 people — five Indians among them — lost contact with ground controllers off Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning for Beijing. The missing plane apparently fell from the sky at cruising altitude in fine weather, and the pilots were either unable or had no time to send a distress signal — unusual circumstances under which a modern jetliner operated by a professional airline would crash.
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