KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian investigators have confirmed that one or more people with enough flying experience have hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, turned off communication devices and diverted it off-course.
The statement has come after seven days of unproductive searches for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The Malaysian authorities suggested that the plane made several course corrections after the jet’s last known communication with air traffic control.
The official involved in the investigation said that hijacking was no longer a theory. It was conclusive. He told a news agency that no motive has been recognized, no demands have been made and it was not clear where the plane was taken. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak will brief the media later today.
A day earlier, US media had reported that the missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 could have flown for at least four hours after it vanished off radar and could have been hijacked to Pakistan.
The statement from US media brought another dramatic twist to the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines missing flight, as aviation experts confirmed that the plane flew for around five hours under radar. As per Wall Street Journal, the possibility of that opens up the speculation that the plane might have traveled for 2,200 miles to Pakistan or Mongolia.
US Media was not certain if the investigators have evidence of hijacking or not but the possibility of a hijack to Pakistan or Mongolia had not been ruled out. US investigators were considering the prospect and counter terrorism officials were investigating the theory that the plane’s transponders might have turned off intentionally and the aircraft would have diverted to an unknown location. The data was automatically downloaded and sent to the air traffickers from the aircraft’s Rolls Royce engines as a standard monitoring program.
The Boeing 777 jet vanished seven days ago with a total of 239 people on board. The flight left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, but it lost contact with the air traffic control less in than 50 minutes. A senior Malaysia Airlines official declined that any data related to the potential extra flight time existed.
The engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce spokesperson had no comment for it. Malaysia Airlines said the engines stopped transmitting signals when communication with the plane was lost. The engines transmit signals to the ground every 30 minutes.