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Thailand calls off search for missing plane, will shift search to new destinations

A police car comes out of a main gate of the missing Malaysia Airlines pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah's house in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo) A police car comes out of a main gate of the missing Malaysia Airlines pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah's house in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo)
Press Trust of India | Kuala Lumpur | Posted: March 15, 2014 8:51 pm

Thailand on Saturday called off its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane over the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea after Malaysian Premier said hunt for the aircraft will shift to two new destinations.

Navy commander Adm Narong Pipattanasai ordered the search to stop after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed that flight MH370 had changed its course to a new destination, including Kazhakistan and southern Indian ocean, Thailand navy spokesman Adm Karn Dee-ubon said here.

But the navy still directed four ships – HTMS Pattani, HTMS Tapi, HTMS Songkhla and HTMS Sattahip – to stand ready in case the Malaysian government needed help for another search, said Rear Adm Karn.

“Our most updated information in the radar system was in Hat Yai in southern Thailand where the air force detected MH370 flying out of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. That was the first and last time we detected MH370,” air force spokesman AM Monthon Sutchukorn said.

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