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Malaysian jet was flown to Pakistan by hijacker? Radar data shows MN370 flew towards Indian islands

Kaula Lampur, Kolkata: Military radar suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown towards the India's Andaman Islands, it has been claimed.

Separate reports have previously suggested the plane could have flown for a further five hours, covering a distance of about 2,200 miles and therefore potentially reaching the border of Pakistan, destinations in the Indian Ocean or Mongolia.

As the search continued for the missing Boeing 777, which vanished with 239 people on board, sources familiar with the investigation today said analysis of the Malaysian data suggested the plane was deliberately flown towards the Andaman Islands.

Two sources told Reuters an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints when it was last plotted on military radar off the country's northwest coast.

This indicates that it was either being flown by the pilots or someone with knowledge of those waypoints, the sources said.

If the plane did carry on flying for five hours it could have travelled 2,200 nautical miles, possibly reaching north-western India and the border with Pakistan.

The last plot on the military radar's tracking suggested the plane was flying towards India's Andaman Islands, a chain of isles between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, they said.

Waypoints are geographic locations, worked out by calculating longitude and latitude, that help pilots navigate along established air corridors.

A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight.

'What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards,' said that source, a senior Malaysian police official.

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All three sources declined to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he could not confirm the last heading of the plane or if investigators were focusing on sabotage.
'A normal investigation becomes narrower with time ... as new information focuses the search, but this is not a normal investigation,' he told a news conference. 'In this case, the information has forced us to look further and further afield.'

Investigators were still looking at 'four or five' possibilities, including a diversion that was intentional or under duress, or an explosion, he said. Police would search the pilot's home if necessary and were still investigating all 239 passengers and crew on the plane, he added.


Investigation is focusing more on a suspicion of foul play, as evidence suggests it was diverted hundreds of miles off course, sources familiar with the Malaysian probe said.

One of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation remains unsolved after nearly a week.

The latest radar evidence is consistent with the expansion of the search for the aircraft to the west of Malaysia.

There has been no trace of the plane nor any sign of wreckage as the navies and military aircraft of more than a dozen countries scour the seas across Southeast Asia.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he could not confirm the last heading of the plane or if investigators were focusing on sabotage.

"A normal investigation becomes narrower with time ... as new information focuses the search, but this is not a normal investigation," he told a news conference. "In this case, the information has forced us to look further and further afield."

Investigators were still looking at "four or five" possibilities, including a diversion that was intentional or under duress, or an explosion, he said. Police would search the pilot's home if necessary and were still investigating all 239 passengers and crew on the plane, he added.

(With Agency Inputs)

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