Missing MH370: Investigators conclude plane was hijacked, reports say

Missing MH370: Investigators conclude plane was hijacked, reports say
Indonesian Air Force flight crew listen during a briefing at the Medan city military airbase on March 13, 2014 after conducting an aerial search over Malacca Strait, a sea passageway between Indonesia and Malaysia for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 plane.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian government official has confirmed that investigators have concluded that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, wire services are reporting.

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The official, who is involved in the investigation, says no motive has been established and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken.

According to reports, the official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media. The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory: "It is conclusive."

The aircraft's communication with the ground was severed under one hour into its flight on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Data suggests 'skilled' flyer turned jet

Malaysian officials believe that missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 may have been deliberately turned towards the Indian Ocean by someone with up-to-date knowledge of flying and radar positions, a senior military official told AFP Saturday.

The comments lend credence to growing suspicions that the plane, which disappeared a week ago with 239 passengers and crew, might have been commandeered.

"It has to be a skilled, competent and a current pilot," said the official, who is involved in a vast international search and rescue operation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said that theory was based on still undisclosed data from military radar.

The radar continued to plot the jet's course for hours after it vanished from air-traffic control screens and civilian radar, he said.

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