Air chief denies saying jet detected near Malacca Strait

Malaysia's air force chief has denied a media report that the military last tracked a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner over the Strait of Malacca, far from where it last made contact with civilian air traffic control when it disappeared four days ago.

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A woman holds a sign of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Credit: Reuters

"I wish to state that I did not make any such statements," air force chief Rodzali Daud said in a statement today.

The Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest shipping channels, runs along Malaysia's west coast.

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The airline said on Saturday that the flight, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, last had contact off the northeast Malaysian coastal town of Kota Bharu.

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