MH370 flew off course away from Beijing, and just before the Boeing 777 disappeared from radar screens, the last words that were heard from Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a 53-year-old Malaysian, were "All right, good night." On Wednesday morning, the captain’s last words were revealed at a meeting between the Malaysian government and Chinese relatives in Beijing, according to a March 12, 2014, The Straits Times report.
According to Malaysia’s civil aviation officials, the captain’s last words were made after Malaysian air traffic controllers told the cockpit that they were entering Vietnamese airspace and that air traffic controllers from Ho Chi Minh City were taking over. The flight then disappeared from radar screens.
The information that MH370 flew off course after the captain’s last words is being attributed to Airforce chief General Rodzali Daud who was quoted in a local pro-government newspaper. According to the news, a military base had detected the Malaysia Airlines aircraft near an island in the Malacca Strait, far to the southwest of where it should have been headed – hundreds of miles away from where rescue teams have been searching.
In response to the information that MH370 flew off course hundreds of miles and had changed its course away from Beijing, Vietnam has stopped its air search and has scaled back its sea search. Vietnamese officials have stated that the lack of clarity by Malaysian authorities is making it extremely difficult to determine as to where the missing airplane might have ended up. Family members of the missing passengers are sharing Vietnam’s frustration about the lack of clarity and lack of information provided by Malaysian authorities, Malaysia Airlines, and Chinese officials. As it is day five since the disappearance of Flight MH370 on Friday, one could only wish that the captain would have said a little bit more than just "All right, good night."