NEW YORK, MARCH 15 — Chinese patrol ship have headed to Strait of Malacca to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MN370 jet as ABC News reported that newly revealed information suggests the jetliner made a turn up the Strait of Malacca subsequent to a previously reported turn to the west that occurred around the time air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane. The report cited a senior U.S. government official who has been briefed on the investigation.
“That indicates that somebody may be on the controls,” said Tom Haueter, a former director of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Aviation safety. “Slight turns I can see, but if somebody is making a major heading change, that would appear to be an intentional input to the controls.”
CNN reported that there is emerging consensus that the passenger jet bound for Beijing changed course, flying west over the Indian Ocean and flew for at least four hours. “This tends to suggest that there was a human intervention, rather than a mechanical failure.”
The Guardian also reported, citing officials, that the plane ‘may have been deliberately flown west,” adding, “Military radar-trafficking evidence now suggests flight MH370 may have been hijacked or sabotaged.”
Meanwhile, the Voice of America quoted U.S. officials as saying that the missing jet with 239 people on board may have crashed into the Indian Ocean.
The U.S. officials told American broadcast networks they have indications the jet is in the Indian Ocean, far west of its intended flight path.
Meanwhile, citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported today that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands.
The New York Times quoted unnamed American officials as saying that the military radar track of the missing plane showed it altered its course more than once.
A Chinese website has reported that seismologists expect there could be a connection between a detected slight “seismic event” on the sea floor on March 8 between Vietnam and Malaysia at the time MH370 flight went missing.
Seismologists from China’s University of Science and Technology observed ‘seismic effects’ on the sea level on or about 2.55 am on March 8, about 90 miles off the southern tip of Vietnam, a report posted on the varsity’s website on Friday has revealed.
The online statement translated from Chinese, says, “It was a non-seismic zone, therefore judging from the time and location of the event, it might be related to the missing MH370 flight.”
Meanwhile, ABC News reported citing unnamed US officials that the search of the missing jetliner is focusing on two quadrants, one in the Malacca Straits and the other in the northern Bay of Bengal.
The focus on those areas is based on sharing of data by Malaysia and the U.S. that has led to determinations that there is a higher probability that the jetliner took a path in either of those directions, the official said. (MAMOSA Report)