Malaysian Officials Believe MH370 Was Hijacked

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (file)

Investigators trying to solve the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner have concluded that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing Boeing 777 and steered it off course, according to a Malaysian government official.

The official, who is involved in the investigation, told The Associated Press on Saturday that no motive has been established, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. “It is conclusive,” he said.

He said evidence that led to the conclusion were signs that the plane’s communications were switched off deliberately, data about the flight path and indications the plane was steered in a way to avoid detection by radar.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a press conference on Saturday that investigators now know that the airliner’s communications were deliberately disabled and that it turned back from its flight to Beijing and flew across Malaysia.

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