Malaysian official says probe concludes MH370 hijacked -- report
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-15 12:09:10 | Editor: Yamei Wang

MALAYSIA-KUALA LUMPUR-MISSING FLIGHT-HIJACKING

Photo taken on March 13, 2014 shows a plane of Malaysia Airlines at the international airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. An unspecified Malaysian official was quoted as saying on March 15, 2014 that investigators have concluded that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked. (Xinhua/He Jingjia)

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Xinhua) -- An unspecified Malaysian official was quoted as saying Saturday that investigators have concluded that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked.

According to the report, which is yet to be corroborated, the hijackers have rich flying experience and they switched off communication devices deliberately and steered the Boeing 777 aircraft off course.

Although piracy is no longer a theory, the motives are yet to be established, the official was quoted as saying.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is scheduled to hold a press conference in Kuala Lumpur in the early afternoon.

A multinational intensive search has so far failed to locate the plane, which disappeared from radar early Saturday morning last week while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Among the 227 passengers 154 are Chinese.

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Malaysia Airlines: Conflicting information arises through search for truth

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Conflicting information about flight MH370 results from looking for the truth, a senior executive with Malaysia Airlines told Xinhua Friday.

Malaysia Airlines is a commercial airline and some searches were initiated by the government which does not report to the airline. "They didn't tell us which ship was in which area," said Hugh Dunleavy, commercial director of Malaysia Airlines in an interview with Xinhua.Full story

Commentary: Why the big silence on missing flight?

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- While technology today can track a truck on a highway every second along its way, it seems bizarre that a widebody jet can just vanish, with neither signal nor trace of wreckage.

After almost a week, there is some evidence to indicate that flight MH370 may have flown westward for a few hours after it disappeared from radar scenes. Signals automatically and instantaneously transmitted via satellite back to ground control took a week to reach the public.Full story

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