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From Australia to Kazakhstan, these countries all say they haven’t seen MH370

Members of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue team check a map during a search of the Andaman Sea. (AFP/Getty Images)

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight now stretches from Australia to Kazakhstan, and all along the many potential flight paths are countries that say they haven't seen the plane or do not know what could have happened to it. Tensions between some of the countries have been on display as the hunt continues, my colleagues William Wan and Simon Denyer reported yesterday.

If the map doesn't work on your device, here's what it says:

Afghanistan:  U.S. officials in Afghanistan would not comment on the possibility that the plane had flown over Afghanistan, but that scenario seems unlikely given the tight Western control over Afghan airspace, Kevin Sieff reports. Afghan officials said they rely on Americans on such matters. “We do not have a radar. Go and ask the Americans," said a senior Afghan official.

Australia: Australia is now leading the hunt for the plane in the southern part of the search zone, scouring the southern Indian Ocean.

China: Chinese officials have said the plane didn’t enter their airspace. The flight was supposed to be headed to Beijing.

India: Indian officials scoffed at the theory that the plane could have flown over their country without being noticed, particularly once it reached the border with Pakistan, Annie Gowen reports. But not all of its 1.2 million square miles are covered by radar, particularly the east coast along the Bay of Bengal, and radar doesn’t run 24 hours a day.

Indonesia: Radars on Sumatra haven't found any trace of the plane, air force spokesman Hadi Tjahjanto told the AP.

Kazakhstan: Its Transportation Ministry said no unauthorized flights had been detected, the AP says.

Malaysia: The plane left from Kuala Lumpur; Malaysia is coordinating the search.

Pakistan: The Civil Aviation Authority said radar and communications logs show no sign of the plane, Tim Craig reports.

Thailand: An air force spokesman said the military gave radar data to Malaysia on March 10, the AP says.

And, included for good measure:

Taliban in North Waziristan: A commander with the Pakistani Taliban said they had nothing to do with the plane’s disappearance. “We wish we had an opportunity to hijack such a plane,” he told Reuters.

Terri Rupar is The Post's national digital projects editor.

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