'Malaysian plane may have turned back'

Radar tracking the Boeing 777-200ER indicates it may have turned back from its scheduled route.

A Malaysian policeman stands guard outside a reception centre for family and friends at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 8 March 2014. Picture: AFP.

KUALA LUMPUR - Radar tracking a missing Malaysia Airlines flight indicated that it may have turned back from its scheduled route to Beijing before disappearing, and Malaysian rescue teams have expanded their search to the country's western coast, Malaysian military officials said on Sunday.

A man stands beside the arrival board showing the flight MH370 (top-red) at the Beijing Airport after news of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared on 8 March 2014. Picture: AFP/Mark RALSTON

"What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realized there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turn back," Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told reporters at a news conference.

A woman (R) breaks down while leaving the reception centre for families and friends after an airliner went missing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, 2014. Picture: AFP.

The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.

Rescuers from several nations mounted an air and sea search on March 8 for a Malaysia Airlines jet that has gone missing over Southeast Asia on Saturday 8 March 2014. Picture: AFP.