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The Missing Malaysian Plane was Confirmed Hijacked

Kuala Lumpur: Investigators have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off 2014-03-15_8-14-47communication devices and steered it off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said Saturday.

No motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media. The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. “It is conclusive,” he said.

He said evidence that led to the conclusion were signs that the plane’s communications were switched off deliberately, data about the flight path and indications the plane was steered in a way to avoid detection by radar.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to hold a press conference at 4.30pm AEDT.

The Boeing 777’s communication with the ground was severed a little less than one hour into the flight on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian officials previously have said radar data suggest it may have turned back toward and crossed over the Malaysian peninsula after setting out on a north-eastern path toward the Chinese capital.

Earlier, an American official told the Associated Press investigators are examining the possibility of “human intervention” in the plane’s disappearance, adding it may have been “an act of piracy”.

While other theories are still being examined, the US official said key evidence suggesting human intervention is that contact with the Boeing 777’s transponder stopped about a dozen minutes before a messaging system on the jet quit. Such a gap would be unlikely in the case of an in-flight catastrophe.

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Search Goes West for Missing Aircraft

Published on Mar 14, 2014- US officials helping with the search for missing Malaysia airliner say they’re shifting the search west.

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The Malaysian official said only a skilled aviator could navigate the plane the way it was flown after its last confirmed location over the South China Sea. The official said it had been established with a “more than 50 percent” degree of certainty that military radar had picked up the missing plane after it dropped off civilian radar.

Why anyone would want to do this is unclear. Malaysian authorities and others will be urgently investigating the backgrounds of the two pilots and 10 crew members, as well the 227 passengers on board.

Some experts have said that pilot suicide may be the most likely explanation for the disappearance, as was suspected in a SilkAir crash during a flight from Singapore to Jakarta in 1997 and an EgyptAir flight in 1999.

A massive international search effort began initially in the South China Sea where the plane’s transponders stopped transmitting. It has since been expanded onto the other side of the Malay Peninsula up into the Andaman Sea and into the Indian Ocean.

The plane had enough fuel to fly for at least five hours after its last know location, meaning a vast swath of South and Southeast Asia would be within its reach. Investigators are analysing radar and satellite data from around the region to try and pinpoint its final location, something that will be vital to hopes of finding the plane, and answering the mystery of what happened to it.

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Associated Press

March 15, 2014

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Original topic: Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: investigators say jet was hijacked

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.KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Investigators have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said Saturday.

No motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken, said the official, who 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,” he said.

He said evidence that led to the conclusion were signs that the plane’s communications were switched off deliberately, data about the flight path and indications the plane was steered in a way to avoid detection by radar.
The Boeing 777′s communication with the ground was severed just under one hour into a flight March 8 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian officials previously have said radar data suggest it may have turned back toward and crossed over the Malaysian peninsula after setting out on a northeastern path toward the Chinese capital.

Earlier, an American official told The Associated Press that investigators are examining the possibility of “human intervention” in the plane’s disappearance, adding it may have been “an act of piracy.”

While other theories are still being examined, the U.S. official said key evidence suggesting human intervention is that contact with the Boeing 777′s transponder stopped about a dozen minutes before a messaging system on the jet quit. Such a gap would be unlikely in the case of an in-flight catastrophe.

The Malaysian official said only a skilled aviator could navigate the plane the way it was flown after its last confirmed location over the South China Sea. The official said it had been established with a “more than 50 percent” degree of certainty that military radar had picked up the missing plane after it dropped off civilian radar.
Why anyone would want to do this is unclear. Malaysian authorities and others will be urgently investigating the backgrounds of the two pilots and 10 crew members, as well the 227 passengers on board.

Some experts have said that pilot suicide may be the most likely explanation for the disappearance, as was suspected in a SilkAir crash during a flight from Singapore to Jakarta in 1997 and an EgyptAir flight in 1999.

A massive international search effort began initially in the South China Sea where the plane’s transponders stopped transmitting. It has since been expanded onto the other side of the Malay peninsula up into the Andaman Sea and into the Indian Ocean.

The plane had enough fuel to fly for at least five hours after its last know location, meaning a vast swath of South and Southeast Asia would be within its reach. Investigators are analyzing radar and satellite data from around the region to try and pinpoint its final location, something that will be vital to hopes of finding the plane, and answering the mystery of what happened to it.

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YouHotNews

March 14, 2014

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Official says there’s ‘conclusive’ evidence missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was hijacked by someone ‘with flying experience’ as hunt zeroes in on two possible ‘routes’

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	Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) addresses reporters as Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein stands by him, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 15, 2014. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday that the movements of a missing plane were consistent with a deliberate act by someone who turned the jet back across Malaysia and onwards to the west. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (MALAYSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)<br /><br />

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) addresses reporters as acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein stands by him, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Saturday.
Malaysia’s leader said Saturday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was the result of “deliberate action.”

Earlier, a Malaysian official said it was “conclusive” the plane was hijacked. But Prime Minister Najib Razak said investigators are still looking at all possibilities.

Family members of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 react as they watch Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speak in Kuala Lumpur from a television screen at a hotel in Beijing on Saturday.

Family members of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 react as they watch Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak speak in Kuala Lumpur from a television screen at a hotel in Beijing on Saturday.

Najib said authorities now know the missing Malaysia airliner’s transponder was intentionally disabled, and it turned back from its flight to Beijing and flew across Malaysia.
Najib also said investigators are now trying to trace the airplane across two possible “corridors” — a northern corridor from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan through to northern Thailand, and a southern corridor from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.

Investigators have concluded that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was hijacked.

A Malaysian government official said that hijacking was no longer just a theory: ‘It is conclusive.’ No motive has yet been established, the official said, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. Malaysian officials have said military radar suggests the plane may have turned back and crossed over the Malaysian peninsula.

The official, who is involved in the investigation, said they have determined that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing jet.

The official said that the hijacking was no longer a theory: “It is conclusive.”
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The international search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expanded further into the Indian Ocean on Friday amid signs the aircraft may have flown on for hours after its last contact with air-traffic control nearly a week ago.

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The international search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expanded further into the Indian Ocean on Friday amid signs the aircraft may have flown on for hours after its last contact with air-traffic control nearly a week ago.

The official said that the hijacking was no longer a theory: “It is conclusive.”

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Departing flights fill a screen at Kuala Lumpur Airport, where missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off on March 8.

DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Departing flights fill a screen at Kuala Lumpur Airport, where missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off on March 8.

No motive has yet been established, the official said, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken.

On Friday, the Associated Press quoted an American official in Washington as saying aviation industry sleuths working the baffling case were examining “human intervention” as a potential cause for the plane’s disappearance on March 8.

A Philippine Navy crew member onboard the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Apolinario Mabini (Patrol Ship 36) scours the West Philippine Sea during a search for the missing Malaysia Airline plane.

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A Philippine Navy crew member onboard the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Apolinario Mabini (Patrol Ship 36) scours the West Philippine Sea during a search for the missing Malaysia Airline plane.

The official added it may have been “an act of piracy,” and said investigators have not ruled out that the plane could have been landed somewhere.

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Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein takes questions from journalists during a news conference.

EDGAR SU/REUTERS

Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein takes questions from journalists during a news conference.

Previously, a senior Malaysian police official also told Reuters: “What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards.”

But as the investigation expanded westward into the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from its initial focus, pilot suicide was also another scenario under consideration.

Crew members from the Royal Malaysian Air Force talk to each other onboard a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft involved in search.

MOHD RASFAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Crew members from the Royal Malaysian Air Force talk to each other onboard a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft involved in search.

Flight 370, with 239 on board, last communicated with air traffic controllers about 40 minutes after taking off from the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. The most recent evidence to emerge in the international probe continued to support a belief that a massive catastrophe did not down the flight over the South China Sea, as first thought. The flight would have had to cross the South China Sea to get to China.

Hunt for missing jet spreads to Indian Ocean

 

Published on Mar 14, 2014 – The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8th, has been characterised by claim, counterclaim, rumours and denials; little consolation for the relatives of the 239 passengers and crew onboard.

Malaysia Airlines Commercial Director Hugh Dunleavy sits in front of a large projection screen as he prepares for a briefing for the family members of passengers onboard the missing plane.

KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Malaysia Airlines Commercial Director Hugh Dunleavy sits in front of a large projection screen as he prepares for a briefing for the family members of passengers onboard the missing plane.

The key evidence to surface was that the Boeing 777’s transponder stopped functioning roughly a dozen minutes before an onboard messaging system also quit, the American official told the AP.

If the plane was brought down by a major catastrophe, whether rooted in a mechanical failure or terrorism, a gap like that would not be seen, the source said.

A relative of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 calls for calm as he tries to get journalists access to a press conference held at a hotel for relatives in Beijing.

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A relative of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 calls for calm as he tries to get journalists access to a press conference held at a hotel for relatives in Beijing.

U.S. investigators said it’s unlikely a modern jetliner like the 777 would experience a total electronic failure that would have left the plane unable to communicate, yet able to keep flying.

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A Royal Malaysian Navy ship, KD Selangor, is seen from onboard Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during the search and rescue operation.

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A Royal Malaysian Navy ship, KD Selangor, is seen from onboard Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during the search and rescue operation.

Investigators said military radar is leading officials to suspect the plane was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course after its communications equipment was shut down, sources told Reuters.

The working theory as to the plane’s rerouted course is that it headed west, crossed back over the Malay Peninsula and flew toward the Andaman Sea, possibly en route to the vast Indian Ocean.

Crew members look outside windows from a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Crew members look outside windows from a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

That flight path is commonly used by planes going to the Middle East and Europe. Changing the flight’s course suggests a talented pilot was at the controls, a Malaysian official previously told the AP.

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Clouds hang over the North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India used heat sensors on flights over hundreds of uninhabited Andaman Sea islands Friday.

GAUTAM SINGH/AP

Clouds hang over the North Sentinel Island, in India’s southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India used heat sensors on flights over hundreds of uninhabited Andaman Sea islands Friday.

The Malaysian official also said investigators believe with “more than 50%” of certainty that the missing plane was picked up by military radar after it fell from civilian radar.

Another Malaysian official, acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein, said it still has not been proven that the blip detected on military radar moving over the Malay Peninsula into the Strait of Malacca was in fact Flight 370 — and as a result, searches in the South China Sea have not been called off. Hussein said that if the radar reading is confirmed it would be a major development because it would allow all search resources to be shifted to the Strait of Malacca and waters to the west, beginning with the Andaman Sea.

India is using heat-seeking technology to search hundreds of islands, many of them uninhabited, in the Andaman Sea.

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More than 80 planes and ships from a dozen countries have scoured 35,000 square miles for evidence of the flight’s fate. A team of five American experts is taking part in the probe, and the Kidd, an American guided-missile destroyer, has been sent to the Indian Ocean to aid in the search.

The search was expanded into the Indian Ocean after U.S. officials said the plane had sent signals to satellites for hours after its last contact with civilian air traffic control. The Boeing 777 is built with the technology to receive flight data from a satellite connection. Malaysia Airlines does not subscribe to the service, but the plane would automatically send pings, or signals, to the satellite.

Speculation that terrorists took control of the plane was briefly considered after it first vanished when it was discovered that two men, later identified as Iranians, boarded the plane with stolen passports. But authorities determined the two men were migrants seeking illegal passage to Europe, and were not believed to have been linked to terrorist activities.

No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the plane’s disappearance, and experts have questioned why, if the jet was hijacked, those responsible didn’t crash it into a city or military installation.

The pilot suicide theory assumes the pilot detoured west to crash in the vast Indian Ocean, thereby making it harder for authorities to find the wreckage and, from there, uncover the crime.

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TIM O’CONNOR / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

PUBLISHED: FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014, 10:12 AM
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014, 12:19 AM

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