Malaysian military radar data suggest that missing Flight 370 was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, furthering suspicion that the plane was sabotaged and/or hijacked.
Reuters reports that the plane, missing for a week now, diverted from its intended route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and flew west instead, following a path normally taken for trips to the Middle East and Europe.
This suggests that the plane was being controlled by pilots or someone with extensive navigational knowledge after it lost contact with civilian air traffic control and vanished from the Malaysian airport’s radar.
The last sight of the plane on military radar, however, indicates that it was flying towards India’s Andaman Islands, a chain of islands between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
This path follows a specific series of calculated geographical locations only known by those who have extensive insight of how to fly a plane in that area.
Also suggesting that the plane was hijacked is the report from two US officials, which states that two of the plane’s communication systems were shut down separately.
According to ABC News, the data reporting system was shut down at 1:07 am last Friday while the transponder, which transmits location and altitude, was shut down at 1:21 am.
This hints that the two systems were shut off deliberately.
The officials are “convinced that there was manual intervention,” a source told ABC News, basically confirming that the plane, carrying 239 people, was not removed from the sky by an accident or catastrophic malfunction.
These two new developments have expanded the multinational search for the aircraft to the Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean, the latter of which has been the most frequently proposed location from the US.
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