The Thai military has presented radar evidence that supports the hypothesis that, for an unknown reason, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 turned around as it flew over Pulau Perak in the Strait of Malacca.
A Royal Thai Air Force spokesman shared the military's findings with CNN. On March 8, the Thai military radar was receiving normal flight and communication data from MH370 as it flew its route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. And then, at 1:22 a.m. local time, the flight disappeared from radar. At 1:28 a.m., Thai military spotted an unknown signal on its radar that showed an unidentified aircraft traveling in the opposite direction of MH370.
"The unknown aircraft's signal was sending out intermittently, on and off, and on and off," said the Thai military spokesman. Ultimately, the signal was lost due to the military's radar limitations.
Despite potential radar confirmation that the flight changed direction at a known location, its ultimate destination remains a mystery.
On Tuesday, Malaysian Defense and Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein remarked on the vast search area and international efforts. "This is an enormous search area. ... And it is something that Malaysia cannot possibly search on its own. I am therefore very please that so many countries have come forward to offer assistance and support to the search and rescue operation."