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Search Widens For Missing Malaysian Passenger Jet

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities are defending their handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777, even as they acknowledge they're unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared on a flight from Malaysia to Beijing.

Malaysia's defense minister describes the multinational search as an unprecedented and complicated effort. India has been asked to join the search.

Malaysian authorities have said the plane may have turned back from its last known position, possibly taking it as far as 250 miles from its last known coordinates.

The last message received by air traffic controllers from a Malaysian jetliner before it disappeared was a simple, "All right, good night."

March 11, 2013

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 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 Saturday.

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