Prime Minister confirms Malaysia Airlines plane’s disappearance was "deliberate"
The plane hasn’t been located more than a week after it went missing.
M Jegathesan of Agence France Presse (via ABS-CBNnews.com) reports that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, whose location is still undetermined for more than a week now, "was apparently deliberately diverted and flown for hours after vanishing from radar."
The report quoted Najib as saying in a press conference on Saturday (March 15) that investigators have come to believe "with a high degree of certainty" that systems relaying the aircraft's location to air traffic controllers "were manually switched off before the jet veered westward in a fashion consistent with deliberate action". The prime minister stopped short of confirming the plane was hijacked and said that authorities are "still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path."
Based on the authorities' investigation, some satellites were able to have a final communication with the Boeing 777 jet six hours after it disappeared from civilian radar on March 8. The plane was supposed to land at Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
The search for the missing aircraft has been expanded to the Indian Ocean because of the information investigators have discovered. Najib said the plane "could be anywhere from Kazakhstan to the southern Indian Ocean."
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