Malaysian PM says lost plane's movements indicate a deliberate act
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:55
Mar.15 - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the movements of a missing plane were consistent with a deliberate act by someone who turned the jet back across Malaysia and onwards to the west. Sarah Toms reports.
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It's been one week since a Malaysia airliner jet mysteriously vanished but still the authorities are baffled.
The Malaysian Prime Minister said the communications systems of the missing aircraft had been deliberately disabled, after that the plane changed course and could have continued flying for a further seven hours.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK SAYING:
"Up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, this movement is consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane. Today, based on raw satellite data, that was obtained by the satellite data service provider, we can confirm that the aircraft shown in the primary radar data was flight MH370."
The authorities are now trying to trace the plane across two possible corridors from the border of Kazakhstan through to northern Thailand and also south to the southern Indian Ocean.
There's been a massive international air and sea search for the aircraft and the 239 people on board, missing about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.
But now the Vietnamese military is packing up as the investigation enters a new phrase and the search of the South China Sea ends.
The families of the missing passengers and crew are no closer to understanding why flight 370 deviated from its flight path to Beijing.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) MRS. WEN, WIFE OF MAN ABOARD MISSING PLANE, SAYING:
"I know that many countries are already trying very hard to search for them, but at the moment there are too many uncertainties and difficulties. I hope that the governments of all the countries can hold discussions on these uncertainties and difficulties as soon as possible and, if it really was a hijacking, decide what they are going to do next. As soon as we have the first piece of information, we will have a little peace of mind. At the moment we just feel so helpless."
As the days pass with no word or clues, the wait has become an agonisingly long one.
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