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There are increasingly more questions than answers in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that was itinerant to Beijing more than a week ago. With the world watching, more than sixteen countries are currently searching for clues as to its’ whereabouts.
Speculation that the vanishing of this jetliner was not accidental has practically been confirmed at this juncture. The latest chapter of this saga now includes a refocused investigation into the crew and passengers on board. Early Saturday, a Malaysian official indicated that the plane had been hijacked.
As the story unfolds, authorities have speculated that someone with tremendous knowledge and flying experience had to deactivate the plane’s communication systems. Many theories are prevalent including the possibility that one of the pilots was on a suicide mission. Reports have surfaced that officials have gone to the homes of both the pilot and co-pilot. No official word on the outcome of that part of the investigation has been released.
The plane was carrying 239 people when it departed for an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing at 12:40 a.m. on March 8. Its communications with civilian air controllers were severed at about 1:20 a.m., and the jet went missing.
Malaysian officials are asking the following countries to provide further assistance in the search for the aircraft, including satellite data and analysis, ground-search capabilities, radar data, and maritime and air assets. The countries are Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and France.
Nothing is being ruled out at this point of the investigation. Perhaps we’ll never know what happened but with the level of technology that exists in the world today, it is almost certain that clues will emerge. Stay tuned……….