Malaysian Officials Now Say Flight 370's Communications Systems Were Deliberately Disabled

The investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has taken a criminal turn. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak made an announcement this morning that the communications system of the missing plane were deliberately disabled. The change in the investigation comes about a week after the plane disappeared with 239 people on board. BBC News reports that there is satellite and radar evidence that the plane changed course after the communications were disabled and continued flying for at least seven more hours.

The new information increases the scope of the search for the missing plane. Police are also currently searching the home of the pilot as part of the criminal investigation. Malaysian officials are still not calling the incident a hijacking even though it seems likely this is what happened.

The news has given relatives some slim hope that the plane may have landed somewhere and their loved ones could still be alive. BBC Myanmar/Burma correspondent Jonah Fisher recently tweeted, "Being briefed by Malaysia officials they believe most likely location for MH370 is on land somewhere near Chinese/Kyrgyz border." However, CNN says that a "a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean."

Here is Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak announcement:

Posted on March 15, 2014

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