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Satellite picked up 'electronic ping' from Malaysia plane

An "electronic ping" was picked up from the Malaysia Airlines flight by satellites after the plane lost contact with ground control, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, US officials have been given an "indication" the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean.

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Possible tracking of missing plane after disappearance

Malaysia's military radar detected what could have been the missing Malaysian Airlines plane in an area in the northern Malacca Strait - hundreds of miles from the spot where the plane disappeared, the air force chief has said.

Malaysia's military chief Rodzali Daud. Credit: APTN.

Rodzali Daud told a news conference that the tracking was at 2.15am local time on Saturday, about 45 minutes after the plane with 239 people on board, disappeared.

He said the radar tracking was at a point 200 miles north-west of Penang island on Malaysia's west coast but stressed the information needed to be corroborated.

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