Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sculpture depicting the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft on the beach in Puri, India, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo)
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"All right, good night" were the final words heard by air traffic controllers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight before it vanished over the South China Sea five days ago, relatives of the passengers were told Wednesday.News of the last communication came as Malaysia defended its handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 but acknowledged it was still unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing the international search.Government officials said they asked India to join in the search near the Andaman Sea, suggesting they think the jetliner and the 239 people on board might have reached those waters after crossing into the Strait of Malacca, some 400 kilometers from the flight's last known coordinates.Some 43 ships and 39 aircraft from at least eight nations were scouring an area of 92,600 square kilometers to the east and west of Peninsular Malaysia.They said the last words from the cockpit to Malaysian air traffic controllers before the plane entered Vietnamese airspace were, "All right, good night," according to a participant in the meeting. Vietnamese officials said they never heard from the plane.
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