“It turned around and landed back at Osaka airport at 7:50 am,” said ANA spokeswoman Hanae Satomura.
The plane disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.
A U.N. report from mid-June put the death toll at 356.
This could be a tipping point, said Sam Charap, a former U.S. State Department official
No new electronic pings have been heard since April 8.
Fariq’s last communication through the WhatsApp Messenger application was about 11.30 pm on March 7, just before he boarded the jet for his six-hour flight to Beijing.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 carrying 239 people went missing March 8 on a trip from Kuala Lumpur, setting off one of aviation’s biggest mysteries.
The search is now centred on an area approximately 2,261 kilometres (1,405 miles) northwest of that city.
Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens early on March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on a scheduled flight to Beijing.
The investigating official says no motive has been established, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken.
A report said the images on Sunday appear to show ”three suspected floating objects” of varying sizes.
The last fatal incident involving a Malaysia Airlines aircraft took place on Sept. 15, 1995.
Aircraft grounded after damaging the cover of its right engine.
Emirates orders 150 new 777s and 50 Airbus A380s
The transaction is likely to fetch around $350 million for Air India.