Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Malaysia Ends Search in South China Sea, Shifts Focus to Central Asia or Beyond Indian Ocean
By Vittorio Hernandez | March 15, 2014 9:03 PM EST
Malaysian authorities are apparently setting aside the hijack angle of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 with no less than Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak declaring on Saturday afternoon that the Boeing 777 aircraft was deliberately deviated by the pilot, co-pilot or someone with knowledge of aviation.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak pledges to broaden race based policies (Photo: Reuters)
With this angle, Malaysia ended its search efforts in the South China Sea and will focus the search on two locations. One is far north such as Kazakhstan in Central Asia and the other is beyond the southern Indian Ocean.
The investigating team reached that conclusion based on the last signal from the plane picked at 8:11 am of Saturday, March 8, almost seven hours after ground control lost contact with the aircraft.
Mr Najib said the investigation indicate the jet's disappearance was not accidental, but deliberate because one of its communication system was disabled as the jet flow over Malaysia's northeast coast, while the second system, a transponder, stopped broadcasting data such as its location, altitude, speed and other information at 1:21 am.
Subsequent military radar data indicated the jet changed course and flew across Malaysia, headed for the Indian Ocean. The plane appeared to have reached 45,000 feet, which is beyond the approved altitude limits for a Boeing 777-200, and then it descended unevenly at an altitude of 23,000 feet as it approached Penang, the New York Times reported, quoting a person familiar with the data.
With this new leads, the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet said it would search for the missing plane beyond the Bay of Bengal. Colonel Steven Warren, Pentagon spokesman, said that a P-8 Poseidon aircraft and a guided missile destroyer, the USS Kidd, would be searching the much larger area of the Bay of Bengal and the northern portion of the Indian Ocean.
Given the pursuit of deliberate deviation angle, police officers searched on Saturday afternoon the residence of the plane captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, to seek and take evidence that could aid their investigation.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Kate Middleton Suffocated in Kensington Palace, Queen Elizabeth Reported War With The Duchess [PHOTOS]
- Chris Martin Dating Reports: Jennifer Lawrence Vs Gwyneth Paltrow [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Everything To Know [PHOTOS]
- British Style Icon Kate Middleton Fashion Talk With Camilla Parker-Bowles Daughter-In-Law [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Woman Accuses Labor Leader of 1986 Rape When She was 16; Shorten Admits Being Probed But Says He Was Cleared
- Sydney Fashion Designer Jodhi Meares’ Driver License Suspended for Drunk-Driving
- Boxing News 2014: Pacquiao KOs Philippine Taxman as Supreme Court Stops Agency from Requiring P4.2 Billion Surety Bond from Champ
- British PM David Cameron Cuts Short Summer Holiday to Lead Hunt for Foley Beheader; Abbott Calls Decapitation ‘Pure Evil’
- James Foley Beheading Video Has Play-Acting Portions – Video Experts Say
- 4.7-Inch, 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Models Confirmed with Similar Build, Cam Features & 300+ Screen Pixels on Release Date
- Apple iPhone 6 Release Date, iPhone 6C or 6L Anticipation: Three Things Should Matter To New Phone Shoppers
- Xiaomi Mi4 vs iPhone 6: Why Forecasts Favor Mi4 as The Next Best Phone Against iPhone 6
- James Foley: More Chilling Information Revealed By Escaped Journalists
- Companies Push Back IPO Plans Due to Mega Alibaba Share Launch
- Upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 With Dual-SIM Support Gets Approved In China; Full Specifications Revealed; Amber-Coloured Xperia Z3 Tipped