The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at a press conference concerning the missing MH370 plane said “There has been intense speculation. We understand the desperate need for information on behalf of the families and those watching. But we have a responsibility to the investigation and families to release the information that has been corroborated..
He said that data shows that the plane went north of the Straits of Malacca and as a result the search area was extended Northwards and then to the Andaman Sea. There is a high-degree of certainty that the aircraft’s communication system was disabled at this point. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysia and Vietnamese air space, the plane’s transponder was switched off. Malaysia Airforce’s data showed that aircraft … [then] flew in the opposite direction.”
(The plane’s transponder signal ended more than 10 minutes before the plane’s messaging system failed. Such a gap therefore rules out the possibility of a sudden, catastrophic event.)
The Prime Minister announced that “These movements are consistent with deliberate action from someone on the plane.”
“The Plane lost communication with satellites was in two possible corridors. One in the corridor of North Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan and second from Indonesia to South Indian Ocean”
The Prime Minister did not reject or confirm hijacking claims but says the possibility is still being explored.
Associated Press earlier today reported that Malaysian investigators had concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience had hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off-course.
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