According to an official speaking on condition of anonymity, investigators have concluded Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was hijacked.
From the Associated Press, via the Los Angeles Times:
Investigators have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said Saturday.So, the plane's disappearance was not an accident.
No motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media. The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory.
"It is conclusive," he said.
...Earlier, an American official told The Associated Press that investigators are examining the possibility of “human intervention” in the plane's disappearance, adding it may have been "an act of piracy."
While other theories are still being examined, the U.S. official said key evidence suggesting human intervention is that contact with the Boeing 777's transponder stopped about a dozen minutes before a messaging system on the jet quit. Such a gap would be unlikely in the case of an in-flight catastrophe.
...Why anyone would want to do this is unclear. Malaysian authorities and others will be urgently investigating the backgrounds of the two pilots and 10 crew members, as well the 227 passengers on board.
Some experts have said that pilot suicide may be the most likely explanation for the disappearance....
The plane had enough fuel to fly for at least five hours after its last know location, meaning a vast swath of South and Southeast Asia would be within its reach. Investigators are analyzing radar and satellite data from around the region to try and pinpoint its final location, something that will be vital to hopes of finding the plane, and answering the mystery of what happened to it.
If a pilot or other individual wanted to commit suicide, why murder hundreds of innocent people in the process?
That would be such a sick thing to do!
I keep thinking about the families of those on board the missing flight and their suffering.
For them, this isn't just an intriguing mystery waiting to be solved, something experienced like a movie or novel. For them, this is not a news story packaged as entertainment.
This is about the loss of their loved ones.
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Rajak said that the investigation has revealed that what happened to the flight is consistent with deliberate action of someone on the plane.
CNN carried Rajak's statement live. FOX News did not.