#AceWorldNews It is very likely flight MH370 had its communications “deliberately disabled” before it went missing, but there has been no confirmation the plane was hijacked, Malaysian PM Najib Razak said at a press conference.
“There is a high degree of certainty” that the communications systems of flight MH370 were disabled by someone on board the plane, Razak said.
Citing evidence from satellite images and radar tracking, Razak said the actions taken before the plane’s disappearance were “consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane.”
Flight MH370 was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing last week when it vanished from radars. It was carrying 239 people.
Responding to rumours that the Boeing 777 was hijacked, Razak said that this had not been confirmed.
“Despite media reports the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear, we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate,” Razak said.
Yesterday AP reported this on their site WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says investigators are examining the possibility that someone caused the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board, and that it may have been “an act of piracy.”
The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke only if not identified. While other theories are still being examined, the official says key evidence for “human intervention” in the plane’s disappearance is that contact with its transponder stopped about a dozen minutes before a messaging system quit.
This official says that it’s also possible the plane may have landed somewhere.
Another communications system on the plane continued to “ping” a satellite for about four hours after contact was lost with the Boeing 777 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — an indication the plane may have continued to fly on for hours. Read More http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1-us-theory-someone-diverted-missing-plane
Meanwhile Bloomberg said this in their post A satellite transmitter on the plane was active for about five hours, indicating the plane was operational after its transponder shut down less than an hour after takeoff, said three U.S. government officials. The 777 can cruise at 500 miles (805 kilometers) an hour or more, meaning it may have flown for as far as 2,500 miles beyond its last point of contact if it was intact and had enough fuel.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-13/missing-malaysian-jet-said-to-have-flown-with-beacon-off.html
RT News added this from the Wall Street Journal On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal published a report that suggested Flight MH370 may have stayed in the air for four-to-five hours after air traffic controllers lost contact with the cockpit. The AP later corroborated that claim, and said a US official briefed on the search said that the plane sent signals for four hours after it initially disappeared.
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