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Missing MH370 pilots, passengers back under scrutiny

Published on Mar 16, 2014 9:01 AM
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was the pilot of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: THE STAR 

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Confirmation that a missing Malaysian airliner was deliberately diverted suggests several scenarios that have sharpened scrutiny of the passengers and cockpit crew, with police reportedly searching the pilot's home.

Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Saturday that satellite and radar data clearly indicated the plane's automated communications had been disabled and the plane then turned away from its intended path and flown on for hours.

"These movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane," he said, adding that investigators had consequently "refocused their investigation into crew and passengers on board".

Flight MH370 was under the command of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, and his First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid.

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