Malaysia is requesting Thailand’s assistance in providing vital information on the missing airliner’s whereabouts, according to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said his Malaysian counterpart contacted him on March 18 to request information on the aircraft’s last satellite transmission before its mysterious disappearance on March 8.

The Malaysian authorities have calculated the plane’s diverted flight path and determined that it flew past Thailand at one point before contact with the control team was lost. They said Thailand ’s satellite or radar may have picked up their signal, which will help provide more clues to the ongoing investigation.

The latest report suggested that the Malaysian airliner’s first turn to the west was carried out through a computer system that was most likely programmed by someone in the plane’s cockpit who was knowledgeable about airplane systems.

Malaysia had earlier asked for Thailand’s help regarding the two passports used by passengers to board the missing jet, which were stolen in the kingdom.-VNA