TODAY   |  March 11, 2014

Missing jet tracked to Strait of Malacca: Report

A new Reuters report quotes Malaysian military saying they believe they have tracked missing Flight 370 to the Strait of Malacca, suggesting the plane may have diverted its flight path and made a long journey. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>> well, we've got a big story to tell you about this morning. some new developments on the search for malaysia airlines flight 370. that search is now expanded, both at sea and on land. we want to get right to nbc's keir simmons in kuala lumpur for us this morning. keir, good morning.

>> reporter: savannah, good morning. we are just hearing from reuters. they are quoting malaysian military saying they believe they tracked their flight 370 to the straits of malacca, west of here. at the same time, they are saying they have released the latitude and longitude when they lost heard from the plane itself northeast of here. hundreds of miles. so it suggests that the plane did -- may have diverted and made a long journey to that ocean, to the west of here. and we were on a plane over there, joining the search and rescue mission for eight hours today, as they flew low over the ocean, 500 feet. at one point, they turned and turned and turned and thinking they had seen debris, but so far have not seen anything. so that investigation into where the plane is continues. meanwhile, the question over what happened continues. in terms of those stolen passports, they are saying now they believe they identified the two men who are holding those stolen passports. one of them, a 19-year-old iranian asylum seeker . another, they believe, an asylum seeker , too. certainly in the case of the iranian, they do not believe he was connected to terrorism. which brings us back to the theory that something just went catastrophically wrong, savannah.

>> the latest from kuala lumpur , malaysia this morning. thank you.