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Missing MH370 raises questions on flight paths and how planes navigate airspace

Published on Mar 17, 2014 6:11 PM

The latest revelation that MH370 flew right across Malaysian airspace without being challenged has turned the spotlight on airspace security in the region.

Given the plane's fuel load and last known direction, it could have headed north along a route that could have entered the airspaces of countries including Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and the central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Or it could have flown south, through the Indian Ocean's mostly open waters.

We look at these countries' airspaces and whether it is difficult to fly through them undetected.

1. The Boeing 777's transponder was switched off, which means Air Traffic Control radars in these countries may not have registered the passage of flight MH370. But what about the military radars of these countries?

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