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Malaysia 'Clueless,' Requests India to Search For Flight MH370 in Andaman Sea

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | March 13, 2014 12:25 PM EST

Update on March 24, 2014: Flight MH370 'crashed in south Indian Ocean' - Malaysia PM

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Buddhist monks pray during an interfaith prayer called "Hope" for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur March 12, 2014.

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Malaysia has sought assistance from India as it plans to expand the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 near the Andaman Sea.

The updated search location is quite far from the previous reported flight position. This further created controversy how oblivious Malaysian authorities were after four days of the mysterious disappearance of the flight carrying global passengers on-board on March 8.

Several rumors regarding the disappearance emerged. The utter mystery about the entire episode revealed a lot about the competence of the Malaysian authorities who have issued contradictory statements. The families of the 239 passengers on-board still had no clues what might have happened to them. While the relatives were supposed to depend on Malaysian authorities, their confidence on them seemed to weaken as the airline personnel could not give them updates about the incident.

Qin Gang, spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told Beijing reporters that the information and the confusion are "too much" at the moment. China has urged Malaysia to clarify the reports regarding the missing flight, as reported by The Economic Times. While there has been an official admission that the flight MH370 might have changed its route and went over the Straits of Malacca, China asked Malaysia to share the available data to them.

The official statement regarding the missing flight flying over the Straits of Malacca was confirmed in reference to Malaysian military radar. But the Straits of Malacca is about 250 miles away from the plane's last known location. This raises further questions about how it could be possible for the plane to dodge all the electrical systems and fly unnoticed that far. There were possibilities that transponders might have been switched off by any chance.

Malaysian authorities were not ruling out all possibilities, which make it even more difficult for the relatives of the missing passengers to stay calm and be confident in the events that transpired. No one seems to have any other choice but to wait.

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Buddhist monks pray during an interfaith prayer called "Hope" for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur March 12, 2014.
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