Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) holds a press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 15, 2014. An unspecified Malaysian official was quoted as saying Saturday that investigators have concluded that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)
KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that no conclusive evidence shows missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked.
But the Boeing 777 aircraft did turn back from its last known location on civilian radar, and the signal the Malaysian military radar picked up at the north of the Strait of Malacca was from the missing plane, he added.
Satellite data shows the last communication with the plane was at 8:11 a.m. Malaysian time (0011 GMT) on March 8, said the prime minister.
He said there is a "high degree of certainty" that the communication device aboard the jetliner was disabled and its movement showed "deliberate action."
Investigators are still exploring all possibilities about the disappearance of the jetliner with 249 people aboard, including 154 Chinese.
There were two possible corridors of the plane after its disappearance, the north one is from Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan while the south one is from Indonesia to the Indian Ocean, said the PM.
The Malaysian authorities have decided to end the search operation in the South China Sea and shift the focus of search efforts to the Indian Ocean, he added.
A multinational intensive search operation has so far failed to locate the plane, which disappeared from radar screen early Saturday last week while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Malaysian PM blames disappearance of MH370 on deliberate act
Kuala Lumpur, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said here Saturday that investigators have evidence that the missing jet's communications were deliberately disabled and it turned back from its route to Beijing.
Data suggested "with a high degree of certainty" that the plane's two automated communication systems were switched off one after the other before it reached the point over the South China Sea where it lost civilian radar contact at 1,:30 a.m. on March 8, he said. Full story
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the communications system of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet was disabled just before it reached the east coast of peninsula Malaysia.
There is strong indication of deliberate deviation from air route, and the Malaysian authorities have refocused investigation into the crew and passengers on board the plane, he said. Full story
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