Najib says the plane was believed to be flying along either of two flight corridors:
– From northern Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or
– From Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
Last satellite communication with the plane was at 8.11am. (Earlier it was reported that the aircraft had enough fuel to last until 8.30am.)
RMAF radar indicated that, after turning back from its intended route, the plane flew West across the peninsula and then North-West and this was later corroborated by international agencies, said the PM.
Najib said these movements are “consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane”.
“Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear: we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path,” said Najib.
Meanwhile, search operations in the South China Sea have been suspended.
One question that bugs me is that if the plane was hijacked, where is the plane now and what are the demands? It is not that easy to land a Boeing 777 without being noticed by civilian or military radar. And you would need a landing strip large enough as well.