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Mar 18, 2014

Malaysian airplane investigators look at suicide as possible motive

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The co-pilot of a missing Malaysian jetliner spoke the last words heard from the cockpit, the airline’s chief executive said, as investigators consider suicide by the captain or first officer as one possible explanation for the disappearance.

No trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found since it vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard. Investigators are increasingly convinced it was diverted perhaps thousands of miles off course by someone with deep knowledge of the Boeing 777-200ER and commercial navigation.

Mar 17, 2014

‘Good night’: Haunting final contact from missing Malaysian jet

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The last words from the cockpit of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 – “all right, good night” – were uttered after someone on board had already begun disabling one of the plane’s automatic tracking systems, a senior Malaysian official said.

Both the timing and informal nature of the phrase, spoken to air traffic controllers as the plane with 239 people aboard was leaving Malaysian-run airspace on a March 8 flight to Beijing, could further heighten suspicions of hijacking or sabotage.

Mar 16, 2014

Malaysia asks for broad international help in jet hunt

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia has appealed for help and international coordination in a search for its missing passenger jet that stretches across two corridors from the Caspian Sea to the southern Indian Ocean, diplomats said on Sunday.

Malaysian officials briefed envoys from 22 countries on the progress of the investigation after calling off a search in the South China Sea for the jet that vanished from radar screens more than a week ago, with 239 people on board.

Mar 16, 2014

Police hunt for motive as search for Malaysian jet spans hemispheres

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Reuters) – Malaysian investigators
are trawling through the backgrounds of the pilots, crew and
ground staff who worked on a missing jetliner for clues as to
why someone on board flew it perhaps thousands of miles off
course, the country’s police chief said.

Background checks of passengers on Malaysian Airlines
Flight MH370 have drawn a blank, but not every country
whose nationals were on board has responded to requests for
information, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a news
conference on Sunday.

Mar 16, 2014

Malaysia says jet was hijacked

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A missing Malaysian airliner appears to have been deliberately steered off course after someone on board shut down its communications, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday.

A week after the disappearance of flight MH370, Najib said its last transmission of satellite data came nearly seven hours after it disappeared from radar screens.

Mar 16, 2014

Malaysian PM says lost airliner was diverted deliberately

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A missing Malaysian airliner appears to have been deliberately steered off course after someone on board shut down its communications, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday.

A week after the disappearance of flight MH370, Najib said its last transmission of satellite data came nearly seven hours after it disappeared from radar screens.

Mar 15, 2014

Lost airliner was diverted deliberately – Malaysian PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Reuters) – A missing Malaysian
airliner was likely to have been deliberately steered to a
course that could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to
the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister said on
Saturday.

Minutes after Malaysian leader Najib Razak outlined
investigators’ latest findings about flight MH370, police began
searching the house of the aircraft’s 53-year-old captain for
any evidence that he could have been involved in foul play.

Mar 15, 2014

Lost passenger jet was diverted deliberately: Malaysian PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Investigators believe someone aboard a missing Malaysian airliner deliberately shut off its communications and tracking systems, turned the plane around and flew for nearly seven hours after it vanished, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday.

As the unprecedented search for Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew entered its second week, Najib told a news conference that the hunt for wreckage around the scheduled flight path to the east of Malaysia was being called off.

Mar 14, 2014

Search for Malaysian plane may extend to Indian Ocean: U.S.

KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may be opened in the Indian Ocean, the White House said, significantly broadening the potential location of the plane, which disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board.

Expanding the search area to the Indian Ocean would be consistent with the theory that the Boeing 777 may have detoured to the west about an hour after take-off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.

Mar 13, 2014

Malaysia jet sent “pings” after going missing, sources say

KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – Satellites
picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight
370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no
information about where the stray jet was heading and little
else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said
on Thursday.

But the “pings” indicated its maintenance troubleshooting
systems were switched on and ready to communicate with
satellites, showing the aircraft, with 239 people on board, was
at least capable of communicating after losing touch with air
traffic controllers.

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      "Anshuman Daga has been with Reuters since 13 years, most of that tracking companies and equity markets. After joining in Mumbai, Anshuman did a stint in India's technology hub of Bangalore and then spent a few years covering European stock markets in London. He moved to Singapore in 2008, with a focus on news coverage of Southeast Asia and technology stories from Asia."
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