U.S. investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the passengers are being held at an unknown location. NASA has joined the search operation, and Malaysian authorities are investigating the two pilots and 10 crew members, along with the 227 passengers on board.
Hat tip: Daily Mail Online:
Investigators say the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was hijacked, steered off-course and could have reached Pakistan.
A Malaysian government official said people with significant flying experience could have turned off the flight’s communication devices.
The representative said that hijacking theory was now ‘conclusive’, and, as a result, police have raided the luxury homes of both the captain and the co-pilot.
The last known position of MH370 was pinpointed as it headed east over Peninsular Malaysia. Radar pings then suggest the plane could have then taken two paths along ‘corridors’ which are currently being searched, which are a fixed distance from the radar station in the Indian Ocean
Entrance: The gates outside the home of co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid which has been searched by police
Journalists gathered outside Hamid’s home in Shah Alam as police turned their attention to those on board as part of the wide-ranging probe
Investigators have now raided the homes of both Capt. Zahari Ahmad Shah (left) and Fariq Abdul Hamid in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur
Zahari Ahmad Shah, 53, the pilot, and Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, are now being investigated as police in Kuala Lumpur search for signs of foul play.
WHY DIDN’T RADAR FIND THE PLANE?
Radar coverage of the area where flight MH370 went missing is patchy and often not even switched on, according to aviation experts.
It has emerged today that civilian systems do not cover large swatches of the areas the plane could have gone, and that military systems are often left off to save money.
Air Vice Marshal Michael Harwood, a former RAF pilot, said: ‘Too many movies and Predator [drone]feeds from Afghanistan have suckered people into thinking we know everything and see everything.
‘You get what you pay for. And the world, by and large, does not pay.’
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