KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s air force chief has denied remarks attributed to him in a local paper that a passenger jet missing for more than four days had been tracked by military radar to the Malacca strait.
Gen. Rodzali Daud said in a statement Wednesday that the military believes the Boeing 777 may have turned back, and noted it first said that on March 9.
The developments suggest confusion at the highest level over where the plane might be.
The country’s civilian aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said he could neither confirm nor deny the military’s remarks.
“There is a possibility of an air turn back. We are still investigating and looking at the radar readings,” he said.
It is possible the radar readings are not definitive, especially if the plane was malfunctioning.