Flight 370 landed? In an update on the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, an electronic and satellite data analysis by officials from the United States and Malaysia revealed that the Boeing plane probably crashed in the Indian Ocean after following two possible paths, according to a March 14 CNN report.
Researchers have a growing suspicion that foul-play was involved in the sudden disappearance of Flight 370 and that someone with knowledge of aviation was responsible for the turnaround, said a Malaysian government official on Friday.
CNN writes: "The more the United States learns about the flight's pattern, 'the more difficult to write off' the idea that some type of human intervention was involved."
A U.S. official in Washington said that investigators are considering that the incident could be the result of an "act of piracy." The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said it was possible the plane crash landed somewhere after being hijacked.
One of the trajectories suggests that the plane crashed into the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of India, while the other indicates that headed southeast and fell into the Indian Ocean.
The Washington Post reports "that the new leads about the plane’s path, though ambiguous, have drastically changed a search operation involving more than a dozen nations. Malaysia on Saturday said that efforts would be terminated in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, the spot where the plane first disappeared from civilian radar."
The Boeing 777 from Malaysia Airlines that vanished Saturday morning over the South China Sea is one of the most popular and safest aircrafts in the world, which adds to the theory that the flight was hijacked.
But what's most impressive is their safety record: The first fatal accident in its 19 year history occurred last July.
"It has provided a new standard in both efficiency and safety," said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation consultant with the Teal Group. The 777 has enjoyed one of the safest records of any jetliner built."
Besides last year's Asiana crash, the only other serious incident with the 777 came in January 2008 when a British Airways jet landed about 1,000 feet short of the runway at London's Heathrow Airport.
Some have suggested that a catastrophic explosion could have happened to sabotage the plane. The sabotage theory had greater relevance Friday when The Wall Street Journal reported that investigators suspect communications systems of the aircraft were turned off manually.
Aviation experts say that while possible, it is very unlikely that someone could have hijacked and then landed the giant Boeing 777 undetected.