Missing MH370: Change in flight path via computer being probed

The plane's flight path as it cruises over the South China Sea towards Beijing.

SEPANG - The authorities could not confirm if new coordinates were entered into the flight computers of the missing MH370 before it took off for Beijing, said Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Speaking at a press conference at Sama-Sama Hotel here on Tuesday, Hishammuddin who is also Defence Minister said: "I cannot confirm this as the investigations are still ongoing."

The Malaysia Airlines MH370, which left Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing on March 8, disappeared with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

The New York Times in its article said the plane made the first turn to the west, which diverted the MH370's flight path, and was likely carried out through a computer system programmed by someone in the plane's cockpit, who was knowledgeable about airplane systems.

Instead of manually operating the plane's controls, it said quoting senior American officials as saying that whoever had altered MH370's path, typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer on a knee-high pedestal between the captain and the first officer.

The Flight Management System, as the computer is known, directs the plane from point to point specified in the flight plan submitted before each flight.

It is not clear whether the plane's path was reprogrammed before or after it took off, the article added.