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Air Force defends delayed radar blips report

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The Royal Thai Air Force has defended itself against international media criticism that it delayed reporting radar blips that might have been the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. 

A combination photo shows various artwork and well-wishes put up by members of the public for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at a viewing gallery at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Wednesday, March 19. ( REUTERS photo)

Air Marshal Monthol Satchukorn, an air force spokesman, explained that the tracking of Flight 370 using the air force’s radar was carried out on the request of Malaysian officials on Tuesday, March 11, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told a press conference the previous Saturday — the day the plane disappeared with 239 people on aboard — there were two assumptions about the plane’s possible flight path: one heading to northern Thailand; and the other heading south to the Strait of Malacca. 

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