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Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane deliberately flown way off course

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Military radar data suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, heightening suspicions of foul play among investigators, sources told Reuters on Friday.

Analysis of the Malaysia data suggests the plane, with 239 people on board, diverted from its intended northeast route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and flew west instead, using airline flight corridors normally employed for routes to the Middle East and Europe, said sources familiar with investigations into the Boeing 777's disappearance.

Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints when it was last plotted on military radar off the country's northwest coast.

This indicates that it was either being flown by the pilots or someone with knowledge of those waypoints, the sources said.

The last plot on the military radar's tracking suggested the plane was flying toward India's Andaman Islands, a chain of isles between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, they said.

Waypoints are geographic locations, worked out by calculating longitude and latitude, that help pilots navigate along established air corridors.

A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight.


"What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards," said that source, a senior Malaysian police official.

All three sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media and due to the sensitivity of the investigation.

Officials at Malaysia's Ministry of Transport, the official point of contact for information on the investigation, did not return calls seeking comment.

Malaysian police have previously said they were investigating whether any passengers or crew had personal or psychological problems that might shed light on the mystery, along with the possibility of a hijacking, sabotage or mechanical failure.

As a result of the new evidence, the sources said, multinational search efforts were being stepped up in the Andaman Sea and also the Indian Ocean.


How Long Did Malaysian Plane Fly Before Losing Contact?

In one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation, no trace of the plane nor any sign of wreckage has been found despite a search by the navies and military aircraft of more than a dozen countries.

The last sighting of the aircraft on civilian radar screens came shortly before 1:30 a.m. Malaysian time last Saturday (1730 GMT Friday), less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur, as the plane flew northeast across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand. That put the plane on Malaysia's east coast.

Malaysia's air force chief said on Wednesday an aircraft that could have been the missing plane was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m., 200 miles northwest of Penang Island off Malaysia's west coast.

This position marks the limit of Malaysia's military radar in that part of the country, a fourth source familiar with the investigation told Reuters.

When asked about the range of military radar at a news conference on Thursday, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said it was "a sensitive issue" that he was not going to reveal.

"Even if it doesn't extend beyond that, we can get the co-operation of the neighboring countries," he said.

The fact that the aircraft - if it was MH370 - had lost contact with air traffic control and was invisible to civilian radar suggested someone on board had turned off its communication systems, the first two sources said.

They also gave new details on the direction in which the unidentified aircraft was heading - following aviation corridors identified on maps used by pilots as N571 and P628. These routes are taken by commercial planes flying from Southeast Asia to the Middle East or Europe and can be found in public documents issued by regional aviation authorities.

In a far more detailed description of the military radar plotting than has been publicly revealed, the first two sources said the last confirmed position of MH370 was at 35,000 feet about 90 miles off the east coast of Malaysia, heading towards Vietnam, near a navigational waypoint called "Igari". The time was 1:21 a.m..

The military track suggests it then turned sharply westwards, heading towards a waypoint called "Vampi", northeast of Indonesia's Aceh province and a navigational point used for planes following route N571 to the Middle East.

From there, the plot indicates the plane flew towards a waypoint called "Gival", south of the Thai island of Phuket, and was last plotted heading northwest towards another waypoint called "Igrex", on route P628 that would take it over the Andaman Islands and which carriers use to fly towards Europe.

The time was then 2:15 a.m. That is the same time given by the air force chief on Wednesday, who gave no information on that plane's possible direction.

The sources said Malaysia was requesting raw radar data from neighbours Thailand, Indonesia and India, which has a naval base in the Andaman Islands.

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keedyk87 March 14 2014 at 10:03 AM

Yep, more Corporate welfare paid for by average Americans tax dollars for our Military search for a Plane based and manufactuured in China? Further costing Americans jobs shipped to China while said American Corporation pays tax money to China? And We American suckers get no return on paying for this search yet pay the bill for this search?

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pksqcamera March 14 2014 at 9:44 AM

we are not alone

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merkjones March 14 2014 at 12:05 PM

Wait REALLY? You know maybe hijack. How come mostly everyone in the world that has watched this tragedy play out. Put Terrorism/Hijack on the table and to be considered. All the big minds and LEADER want to play. No we are all working together.
If I could prove it. I would say many involved know exactly where the plane is. With all the tracking from every country of each other. No ONE wants to admit they were tracking every move and know where the plane was taken and is at this time. It will be found with let's try this, we have come up with this. How about Let's just tell the people watching EXACTLY the location the plane is.
Not to forget the photo shopped photo of the two with STOLEN passports. What is that about? OMG all the leaders involved in this really are so out of having a beating heart and conscious it is sickening. Truly sad for the families of members lost, and the countries involved with playing their cards close to their vest.

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MARIE merkjones March 14 2014 at 12:14 PM

I am sure the United States has views of every landing area big enough to land that aircraft. If it landed somewhere safe(meaning not in ocean) chances are the US would know about This aircraft is in the water, by whatever means. (Yes, I believe its in the realm of Terrorism). That aircraft is on the satelite pictures somewhere --problem is there are soooo many pictures.
I do /am praying for all of them and the families. This is very very sad.

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mjmauro MARIE March 14 2014 at 12:38 PM

Maybe they lost cabin pressure, like Payne Stewart in 1999. Without cabin pressure and supplemental Oxygen, all would "fall asleep" and not wake up. The plane would continue on a "ghost-ride" until it ran out of fuel... but I hope not the case, and that all the folks are found alive and well...

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Mark merkjones March 14 2014 at 12:48 PM

OMG! You solved it!! A conspiracy between 15+ countries, from where not a single bit of information has been leaked, and they are all conspiring to accomplish..........accomplish.........exactly. It accomplishes nothing. Please put your tin foil hat back on.

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mwolfe34 Mark March 14 2014 at 1:36 PM

Because of the same mentality you have, that is what helped to create the Holocaust. It can happen again...only it's called The New World Order. Something that's been in the cards now for decades and has been happening slowly over time. After all, haven't you even heard over and over again about a One World government? It's been mentioned plenty of times, yet people refuse to hear or see what's right there in front of them. Ignorance is bliss. Remember *Ye who laughs first...

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oncekiss March 14 2014 at 9:43 AM

our prayer with family of missing passenger,
this is not a mystery , how it come coinsidence two passenger with stolen pasport are iranian and how it come the agent who sell them airline ticket is iranian, may be the airplaine is headed iran too
i hope the truth come soon to us , because veybody travel and that can happend to anyone of us, the airline industery has to be aware nnot only collecting money but think to more safety and precaution.
our prayer with all missing passenger and their familys
god bless

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mjchiara oncekiss March 14 2014 at 9:52 AM

Best passport check system is the U.S. and U.K. How can some of these countries where terrorism is rampant use the honor system to board passengers? Also, the Malaysian aircraft carrier refused to invest in tracking satellite system that would have tracked the plane further - big mistake, like being dime wise and dollar foolish. This looks more and more like one of the pilots planned this ahead of time. Was it a planned suicide or hijacking to the Middle East? If 12 countries cannot find any sign of wreckage in the days and weeks to come, it looks like that. If the doors to the cockpit were locked, it's unlikely a passenger could have been involved. Too much unknown about this. I just pray that the best possible outcome happens, that the passengers are found alive and well and returned home.

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Mark mjchiara March 14 2014 at 10:04 AM

Yes, every country has a few billion extra dollars, and the technology, to put up their own personal commercial airline tracking system.

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edtiques March 14 2014 at 9:43 AM

You can see someone picking there nose at any given time on 42 street & Broadway but we can't find an airplane what happened to the eye in the sky ?

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RonRuthNik March 14 2014 at 12:07 PM

Well, the situation is obvious, the plane was hijacked by well trained and well funded terrorists, taking it to a secret location in the Middle East or North Africa. This well funded group, in full jihad against the United States, have managed to obtain a nuclear weapon. Their plan is to take out our new 'World Trade Center', and the better part of New York City this time. We better get on the stick, as they are coming............

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thegilbert RonRuthNik March 14 2014 at 12:10 PM

interesting theory, yup, if they paint the aircraft different carrier it is possible, interesting...

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wthrw5 thegilbert March 14 2014 at 12:26 PM

What does painting it have to do with it? The probability of an unidentified aircraft not communicating with people on the ground making it all the way to US shores is highly unlikely. It is much more feasible that the plane would be used on another country much closer in proximity than us. It isn't always about attacking us.

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mwolfe34 RonRuthNik March 14 2014 at 1:30 PM

Oh please! And you really believe about all this Middle Eastern crap that we were fed on 9/11 and now this, too? Do you honestly THINK that our own government officials care about us? Do you really THINK they *don't know* what happened? Seriously, this is just another scheme to scare everyone and to fill their agenda (aka NWO). Sure, I think more are to come, but I don't think it always includes *terrorists*. This is a joint effort.

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Bernmad March 14 2014 at 12:09 PM

What kind of security measures does Malaysian Airlines have, especially relating to access to the cockpit. If the aircraft had secure cockpit doors then the pilots certainly would have had the time to radio the situation to ground stations and would not have turned off other navigational aids without ground personnel knowing why it happened. The possibility of false signals after the plane disppeared should not be discounted and the search should continue for a crash site.

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scottee March 14 2014 at 9:39 AM

focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight.
ummm....the two pilots knew how to fly a plane....duh!

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Trish March 14 2014 at 12:14 PM

Finally some one is thinking the right way, this plain was hi jacked, that is the only answer to this, there isn't any plain debris or oil slicks. That plain was taken some place, I sure hope all in the plain is ok, and that they find them.

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dwcolorado Trish March 14 2014 at 12:47 PM

I hope the PLANE is not okay.... I am so worried that an attack is a reality

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sheldon frank March 14 2014 at 12:15 PM

I have been thinking, for the past 3 +days , that this plane did not go down in the ocean/H2O, anywhere at all. Feel this plane and its occupants are somewhere in the middle east, in a country that promotes TERRORISM, and this plane will be used as a major weapon to attack USA, IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

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