Kuala Lumpur 16th March 2014: The missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was likely to have been deliberately diverted, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday.
Evidence is “consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane,” according to him.
The flight left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for Beijing, China, at 12:40 a.m. (local time) on March 8 with 239 people on board and disappeared from radar screens at about 01:20.
“Despite media reports the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear, we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate,” the PM said.
The plane’s transponder was switched off near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control and the radar then indicates that the plane turned back.
According to the PM, the final communication with the flight was either in the northern corridor stretching from northern Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or a southern corridor stretching from Indonesia to the vast southern Indian Ocean.
“Clearly, the search for MH370 has entered a new phase,” he added.