Search for missing Malaysia plane widens

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (USATODAY.com) - Having failed to find any debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner in the waters off Vietnam, investigators widened the scope of their search Tuesday, focusing for the first time on Malaysia's western coast.

That brings the focus of the hunt beyond the flight path, and to the opposite side of the country from where the flight was reported.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement Tuesday that the search-and-rescue mission has now expanded to the "West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca."

The airline reiterated its position that it is continuing to consider a wide range of possibilities.

"The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang. All angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities," Malaysia Airlines said in the statement.

The Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared Saturday over the South China Sea less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing. A search effort involves dozens of aircraft and ships from several countries.

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