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Investigations into missing Malaysian jet appear deadlocked

Published on Mar 19, 2014 1:55 PM
A pilot on board a Vietnamese Air Force Russian-made AN-27 uses a map to help search Vietnam's southern sea for missing Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 on March 14, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Investigations into the mystery of a missing Malaysian jet appeared to be at a deadlock on Wednesday, with no conclusive evidence of foul play and doubts whether nations would share military tracking data that could show where the plane may have headed.

Eleven days have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, and 26 nations are struggling to search for the airliner over an area more than two-thirds the size of the continental United States.

Malaysian and US officials believe the aircraft was deliberately diverted but an exhaustive background search of the 239 passengers and crew aboard has not yielded any possible motive or link to terrorism.

Malaysia's top official in charge of the unprecedented operation said it was vital to reduce the scale of the search and renewed appeals for sensitive military data from its neighbours that Malaysia believes may shed light on where the airliner flew.

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