The search for missing Flight MH370 continues
The search for missing Flight MH370 continues Australian Defence

Missing MH370 “thrown around like a fighter jet”

THE missing Malaysia Airlines flight was "thrown around like a fighter jet" in a bid to dodge radar detection after it disappeared, Malaysian military investigators reportedly now believe.

An unnamed source cited by The Sunday Times added that officials are now convinced that the plane was "flown very low at a very high speed".

The source concluded: "And it was being flown to avoid radar."

It is also possible that the flight surged to 45,000 feet - 10,000 above its normal cruising altitude of 35,000 feet - after disappearing, before dropping to as low as 5000 feet, reports by investigators have suggested.

The low altitude would fit in with a report by Malaysia's New Straits Times newspaper that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid tried to make a mid-flight phone call shortly before the plane disappeared.

In order for the phone signal to reach the reported telecommunications tower near the Malaysian city of Penang, the plane would needed to have been flying under 7000 feet.

The newspaper report said the signal ended abruptly before contact was established.

The report has however been denied by Malaysian Defence Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein who argued that if this were true, he would have been made aware of the phone call much earlier, but was not.



MORE DETAILS: What Qld border shutting means for twin towns

Premium Content MORE DETAILS: What Qld border shutting means for twin towns

Rolling coverage of the Queensland border announcement

Do we need extra safety measures at Ballina airport?

Premium Content Do we need extra safety measures at Ballina airport?

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian said she preferred if NSW residents did not travel even...

Farmers turn to science to battle impacts of climate change

Premium Content Farmers turn to science to battle impacts of climate change

A NORTHERN NSW farmer says weather “anomalies” are becoming far more regular.