Update :Video: Malaysian Jet Missing Through 'Deliberate Action'
Investigators have concluded that at least one person with considerable flying experience flew the missing Malaysia Airlines jet off course for seven hours after turning off its communication systems.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced at a press conference today that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared a week ago with 239 people aboard, appeared to be intentionally steered off-course by at least one person with considerable flying experience.
Satellite data confirms that the plane turned to fly in a westerly direction soon after reaching the South China Sea. Two “corridors” have been identified where the plane may have flown: a northern sector around the borders of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and northern Thailand; and a southern sector stretching from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
Search efforts will now be concentrated in these vast expanses.
Update : Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 05:14 PM ------------------------------------- Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: investigator denies claim plane was hijacked
The head of the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has denied any conclusive evidence of hijacking and said it was just one of a number of lines they're looking at.
His comments came after a Malaysian government official said investigators had concluded that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
The official, who was not named but is involved in the investigation, told no motive has been established, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken.
The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. "It is conclusive."
Update : Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 10:53 ----------------------------------- Malaysia Airlines flight hijacked, conclude investigators: official
A Malaysian government official says investigators have concluded that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.
The official, who is involved in the investigation, says no motive has been established, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. “It is conclusive.”
The Boeing 777′s communication with the ground was severed under one hour into a flight March 8 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian officials have said radar data suggest it may have turned back and crossed back over the Malaysian peninsula westward, after setting out toward the Chinese capital.