Malaysian authorities defended their handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged they still are unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fifth day. The officials not only don’t know what happened to the plane but also don’t know where to look for it.
With no trace of the flight, conflicting information, false alarms over debris and confusion over the focus of the search have produced more questions than answers. In the immediate aftermath of the plane’s disappearance, search and rescue efforts were focused on the Gulf of Thailand, along the expected flight path between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Over the weekend, authorities suddenly expanded their search to the other side of the Malay Peninsula, in the Strait of Malacca where search efforts now seem to be concentrated.
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