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Malaysia plane's flight path changed by cockpit computer: Report

Published on Mar 18, 2014 2:24 PM
 
A pilot on board a Vietnamese Air Force Russian-made AN-27 uses a map to help search Vietnam's southern sea for missing Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 on March 14, 2014. The turn that diverted the missing Malaysian Airlines plane off its flight path was programmed into the aircraft's computer navigation system, probably by someone in the cockpit, the New York Times reported on Monday, March 17, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The turn that diverted the missing Malaysian Airlines plane off its flight path was programmed into the aircraft's computer navigation system, probably by someone in the cockpit, the New York Times reported late Monday.

That reinforces the increasing belief among investigators that the aircraft was deliberately diverted, the newspaper said, quoting US officials.

Rather than manually operating the plane's controls, whoever altered Flight 370's path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer situated between the captain and the co-pilot, according to officials.

MH370 flight path graphic

 
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