Malaysian Government Official on Flight MH370: "Plane Was Hijacked"


Finally, an official states the obvious. The person or persons who took the controls whether one of the pilots suddenly got religion or someone on the passenger list took over — in any event whoever it was had very sophisticated knowledge of this aircraft.

The deliberate actions taken after the manuals were disabled, someone put in manual commands for a sharp left turn, five hours after that occurred it appears someone left the cockpit, went below and disabled that last signaling system purposely and continue to fly (without those now well understood “pings” back to Rolls Royce.” That is sophisticated knowledge. This was all to obfuscate and mask the flight’s path.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “A physical disconnection of the satellite communications system would require extremely detailed knowledge of the aircraft, its internal structure and its systems.”

Channel News Asia reports,” a senior Malaysian military official said on Saturday, citing radar data indicating a “skilled, competent” pilot was at the controls.

The NY Times reports:

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 experienced significant changes in altitude after it lost contact with ground control, and altered its course more than once as if still under the command of a pilot, American officials and others familiar with the investigation said Friday.

Radar signals recorded by the Malaysian military appeared to show that the missing airliner climbed to 45,000 feet, above the approved altitude limit for a Boeing 777-200, soon after it disappeared from civilian radar and turned sharply to the west, according to a preliminary assessment by a person familiar with the data.

The radar track, which the Malaysian government has not released but says it has provided to the United States and China, showed that the plane then descended unevenly to 23,000 feet, below normal cruising levels, as it approached the densely populated island of Penang.

There, officials believe, the plane turned from a southwest-bound course, climbed to a higher altitude and flew northwest over the Strait of Malacca toward the Indian Ocean.

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“Official: Malaysian plane hijacked, steered off-course,” ABC, March 15, 2014

The Associated Press is reporting that a Malaysian official has said investigators have concluded the missing jet was hijacked and steered off-course.

 

A U.S. official told The Associated Press that the Malaysia Airlines plane sent signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing early last Saturday, raising the possibility the jet carrying 239 people could have flown far from the current search areas. It also increased speculation that whatever happened to the plane was a deliberate act.

Malaysia’s Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the search was expanding further afield, not because of any new information about the plane’s flight, but because the aircraft has not yet been found.

Malaysian officials declined to discuss when -or even whether – they had information about signals to satellites, and that they would release details only when verified. Hishammuddin said Malaysian investigators have worked with U.S. colleagues in Kuala Lumpur since Sunday.

“I hope within a couple of days to have something conclusive,” he told a press conference.

If the plane had disintegrated during flight or had suffered some other catastrophic failure, all signals – the pings to the satellite, the data messages and the transponder – would be expected to stop at the same time. Experts say a pilot or passengers with technical expertise may have switched off the transponder in the hope of flying undetected.

No theory, however, has been ruled out in one of aviation history’s most puzzling mysteries.

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The possibility that the plane flew long after its last confirmed contact opens the possibility that one of the pilots, or someone with flying experience, wanted to hijack the plane for some later purpose, kidnap the passengers or commit suicide by plunging the aircraft into the sea.

Mike Glynn, a committee member of the Australian and International Pilots Association, said he considers pilot suicide to be the most likely explanation for the disappearance, as was suspected in a SilkAir crash during a flight from Singapore to Jakarta in 1997 and an EgyptAir flight from Los Angeles to Cairo in 1999.

“A pilot rather than a hijacker is more likely to be able to switch off the communications equipment,” Glynn said. “The last thing that I, as a pilot, want is suspicion to fall on the crew, but it’s happened twice before.”

Glynn said a pilot may have sought to fly the plane into the Indian Ocean to reduce the chances of recovering data recorders, and to conceal the cause of the disaster.

Experts said that if the plane crashed into the ocean, some debris should be floating even if most of the jet is submerged. Past experience shows that finding the wreckage can take weeks or even longer, especially if the location of the plane is in doubt.

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  • Bo Tye

    Sympathy for altruism should not impel us to accept collectivist demands that we cast aside morality and liberty to chase their illusions.

  • blaineiac

    I find it completely absurd that in the second decade of the 21st Century that the exact speed, direction, and GPS coordinates cannot be “found out” in just a few seconds, for ANY aircraft aloft over the planet. GPS is a GLOBAL system – that’s what the “G” stands for! If engine operating values can be “pinged” to satellites, the data MUST include engine serial numbers, otherwise the data is meaningless. I am sure there are sharper knives in the drawer than “me”, but if I were designing such a system, it would be powered independently, by a “no-break” system, and be incapable of being turned off while in flight, AND it would include GPS locator coordinates as well. In an age where governments can track all cell phone users in real time, don’t tell me this isn’t possible. Someone, somewhere, knows where MH370 is, and why it is “missing”.

    • Bandit

      IF the transponder was turned off along with the other communications gear then that means the GPS was also shut off.

    • blaineiac

      I can think of no reason why a commercial aircraft would need to operate in “stealth mode”, so having an “on-off” switch for the transponder in the cockpit is a serious design flaw. If designed properly, it would always be “on” in flight, with battery backup, as would a separate “data stream” with GPS info uplinked to satellite in real time, also unable to be “turned off” while in flight. The technology is out there. Time for it to be put to use.

    • sandraleesmith46

      They don't have such a switch in the cockpit; you have to go down the "hell hole" to the avionics bay to do so. The ONLY switch I know of is that the hydraulics CAN be shut off from within the cockpit; the rest you have to do it in the avionics bay. And it is always supposed to be "on" in flight. I can't say for sure, but I believe it wasn't simply a switch but required being disconnected from the power supply to shut it off. The black boxes are inaccessible during flight or those would likely have been disconnected too; but the engines' automatic downloads were, also from that bay. The airlines balance the cost of new gear against the potential life saving capability and practicality in use; I wouldn't expect that to show up as more than a recommendation that gets largely ignored.

    • Phrank stein

      Been watching lots of fantasy tv have we Skippy? Tell you what turn on your GPS in an office building and see how well it works....ROFLMAO, track in real time....ROFLMAO

    • blaineiac

      An antenna on the outside atop an aircraft capable of Line-Of-Sight “Full Duplex” communication with satellites is quite a different animal than a GPS equipped “smart phone” with “NO BARS” deep inside an office building! Learn a little about RF propagation, why don’t you, before making blanket statements. ROTFLMAO, "Skippy", that you missed that important point.

  • esqualido

    Glynn: “A pilot is more likely to be able to switch off the communications equipment [and] may have sought to fly the plane into the Indian Ocean to reduce the chances of recovering data recorders, and to conceal the cause of the disaster." Why would a "knowledgeable" person trying to hide his location wait five hours after turning off the transponder to turn off the satellite communication system? And why then call it a "disaster" when it is as likely to have landed elsewhere?

  • Death2Unions

    The plane is sitting on a runway and being loaded up with a nuclear bomb. All passengers died due to not having oxygen masks when the jet made a steep dive. The jet will be showing up within two years when it lands in a large populated area.

    • Phrank stein

      "Died due to not having oxygen masks...." ok well your lack in intelligence is no longer in question.....

    • drbhelthi

      That could have been the motive for climbing to 45,000 ft - and doing what was necessary to snuff out life - - . I wonder if an israeli insurance scheme - similar to 9-11-2001 - is found in the background ?
      We cant expect accuracy from the MSM, thus, unless RT or al Jazeera reveals the radar tracking to the public, we cant expect much accurate news anytime soon - - .

  • Smokey

    The whole diversion is part of a well coordinated and well thought-out diabolical plan...the proverbial "they" know what happened & where this aircraft is. Let's create more hysteria and chaos, that way the "they" can step-up and solve this for us...it's all about control

    • Shawny

      Oooooo shiney? Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do..