*(Via Huffington Post) – Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak declared on Saturday that “deliberate” actions were likely taken by someone on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.
He informed the press that authorities are confident the plane’s transponder was disabled.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for Beijing, China, at 12:40am on March 8 with 239 people on board.
Evidence is “consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane,” Razak said, adding that the investigation is “entering a new phase,” with search operations ending in the South China Sea.
There is a “high degree of certainty that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the aircraft’s transponder was switched off,” the prime minister stated.
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