Malaysian Air Flight #MH370 Could Have Flown to Taliban-Controlled Region in Pakistan
Pakistan has 75 bases with permanent-surface runways:
1 with runways over 3,659 m
30 with runways 2,440-3,659 m
43 with runways 1,220-2,439 m
Malaysian authorities are investigating a theory that missing flight MH370 could have slipped under radars and landed in the Taliban-controlled area of Pakistan.
Russia Today reported:
Malaysia is reportedly investigating a theory that flight MH370 could have slipped under Pakistani radars and landed a Taliban base close to the Afghan border. The pilots’ possible role in the plane’s disappearance is also being examined.
Citing sources, UK newspaper The Independent reported that Malaysian investigators had requested permission from the Pakistani government to follow up a theory that the missing passenger jet had landed close to the border with Afghanistan. The Boeing 777, carrying 239 people, disappeared from radars last week on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Since then, authorities have been unable to ascertain the whereabouts of the plane, and have not found any wreckage from a crash.
The Pakistani government says it has no record of the craft entering its airspace, but has told the Malaysian investigators it is ready to share all available information. In addition, The Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee has said that although the Malaysian Airlines plane could have reached Kazakhstan, their radars would have picked it up.
“No information about the Malaysian plane is available at our radar as it has not entered our airspace,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told reporters when asked to comment on the Malaysian government’s request. “Our radar system has no information about the Malaysian aircraft as it has never contacted our control tower.”
Pakistan is now one of 25 countries participating in the search for the missing plane.
Missing Malaysian Flight #MH370 Was Last Seen Heading Towards Pakistan
The last known position of MH370 was pinpointed as it headed east over Peninsular Malaysia. Radar pings then suggest the plane could have then taken two paths along ‘corridors’ which are currently being searched, which are a fixed distance from the radar station in the Indian Ocean (left) (Daily Mail)