Mystery still surrounds the Malaysian Boeing 777 jet that disappeared over a week ago with over 250 passengers and crew on board barely an hour after it left Kuala Lumpur destined for Beijing in China. The plight of the missing jet is compounded by the fact that in today’s world where modern satellite equipment can pinpoint the movement of anything in space and on earth, it is unthinkable that an aircraft weighing nearly 150 tons can disappear and not be traced anywhere.
After Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the plane changed course and flew at least for another seven hours, questions are being asked about the capabilities of the Malaysian border control facilities who are armed with American F-18s and F-5 fighter jets always on alert to pick out any plane violating Malaysian airspace without permission. In order to analyse what has taken place since the plane disappeared off radars eight days ago, we are rerunning arguments raised by the New York Post on the matter. Here they are:
The missing Malaysian airliner was deliberately diverted and continued flying for more than six hours after losing contact with the ground, Malaysia’s leader said. The plane could have gone as far North West as Kazakhstan or into the Indian Ocean’s southern reaches.
Prime Minister Razak’s statement confirmed days of mounting speculation that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to Beijing more than a week ago was not accidental. It refocused the investigation into the flight’s crew and passengers and underlined the massive task for searchers who already have been scouring vast areas of ocean. “Clearly the search for MH370 has entered a new phase,” Mr Najib said at a televised news conference. He stressed that investigators were looking into all possibilities as to why the Boeing 777 deviated so drastically from its original flight path, saying authorities could not confirm whether it was a hijacking.
Earlier, a Malaysian official said the plane had been hijacked, though he added that no motive had been established and no demands had been made known. “In view of this latest development, the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board,” Mr Najib told reporters, reading from a written statement but not taking any questions.