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Search widens for missing Malaysian jet; hunt on for Iranian man

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Search widens for missing Malaysian jet; hunt on for Iranian man

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The search area for a missing jetliner has expanded with Malaysian Airlines saying the Western coast of the country is now the focus of the hunt.  That is on the other side of Malaysia from where flight MH370 was reported missing.

 

In a statement on Tuesday, it said the hunt had expanded beyond the flight path, and the “focus is on the West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca”.

 

Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman says search teams continued to look in both areas.

 

Vietnam’s deputy military chief says he had ordered a land search for the plane up to border with Laos and Cambodia.

 

The announcements reflect the difficulty authorities are having in finding the plane, which was carrying 239 people when it vanished off radar screens on Saturday.

 

The tickets purchased by two passengers using fake passports were issued by a Thai tour agency to an Iranian man, police confirmed on Tuesday.

 

The two tickets were bought Thursday from two Thai tour agencies, Grand Horizon and Six Stars Travel in the Pattaya beach resort. They were booked by a man named Ali calling from a private number in Iran, Pattaya Police Chief Colonel Suphachai Phuikaewkham said.  Both tickets were paid for in Thai baht by another Iranian national who runs a picture-framing business in the resort.

 

“We’ve questioned him but didn’t find anything suspicious about him,” Mr. Suphachai said. “It’s too early to say if this is a case involving terrorists,” he added.

 

World


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