New radar evidence has increased the possibility that foul play was involved in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, according to a report from Reuters. The publication cites two sources close to the investigation as saying military radar-tracking evidence suggests the plane was deliberately flown northwest towards the Indian Andaman Islands.
The route suggests whoever was in control of the flight had aviation training
An unidentified aircraft that may be MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints that many flights take when heading to the Middle East and Europe. Reuters says the route suggests whoever was in control of the flight had aviation training. As the last confirmed position was about 90 miles off the east coast of Malaysia, the military tracking suggests the flight turned sharply west following the loss of communication with air traffic control. It supposedly headed towards a waypoint called "Vampi," which is used by planes following route N571 to the Middle East, and then onto the "Gival" waypoint, south of the Thai island of Phuket, before heading northwest towards waypoint "Igrex," which would take it over the Andaman Islands on route P628, used by airlines to fly towards Europe.
A third source reveals that the investigation into the disappearance is increasingly focused on the theory that someone "deliberately diverted flight" hundreds of miles off course. Reuters cites an anonymous senior police official as saying: "What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards." Today's report joins fresh evidence presented by The Wall Street Journal that suggests the flight maintained contact with satellites for several hours after losing contact with air traffic control radar. Malaysian authorities have yet to comment on Reuters' report.