15 March 2014
During a press conference in Malaysia today, officials contended that the only reasonable explanation for the disappearance of Flight MH370 was that the plane was taken over by a person or persons unknown however stopped short of calling it a hijack.
This has now created more confusion with many news outlets still reporting that the Boeing 777 was hijacked.
IBN Live reported – Kuala Lumpur: 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 on 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.
News Corp Australia added – An official, who is involved in the investigation, told the Associated Press no motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. The official 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 added.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to brief the media shortly.
Meanwhile a source cited by Bloomberg news agency has said the last satellite transmission from the airliner has been traced to the Indian Ocean off Australia, somewhere to the west of Perth.
The extraordincary suggestion that there may be an Australian connection has not been confirmed by officials here and Bloomberg quoted a Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman , as saying he wasn’t aware of the new information putting Flight 370 near Perth.
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.’’
The Boeing 777’s communication with the ground was severed under one hour into its flight on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian officials have said radar data suggest it may have turned back and crossed back over the Malaysian peninsula westward, after setting out toward the Chinese capital.
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, and that it appeared to have been steered to avoid radar detection. 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.
The New York Times reported that radar signals recorded by the Malaysian military appear to show the plane ascending to 45,000 feet and making a sharp turn to the right not long after it disappeared from civilian radar.