On Tuesday, new details emerged in the case of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished from the skies eleven days ago. The latest information only seems to add more confusion to the mystery.
Thai officials say at the last communication with the Boeing 777 jet at 1:31 a.m. (1:31 p.m. ET), military equipment:
"was able to detect a signal, which was not a normal signal, of a plane flying in the direction opposite from the MH370 plane," Thai Air Vice Marshal, Montol Suchookorn said on Tuesday.
When asked why the details were not revealed earlier in the investigation, Suchookorn said initial requests were non specific. However, when new information and assumptions from Malaysian authorities emerged, Thai officials decided to take a closer look.
"The Royal Thai Air Force is only concerned with any threats against their country, so anything that did not look like a threat to us, we simply look at it without taking actions." Suchookorn explained.
The New York Times cited senior U.S. officials as saying that the first turn back to the west was likely programmed into the aircraft's flight computer, rather than being executed manually, by someone knowledgeable about aircraft systems.
The growing consensus among international aviation security experts appears to be the aircraft changed course, and appears to be a case of deliberate sabotage. However, whether it was the pilot, passengers or even a cyber-attack remains unclear.
Extensive background checks of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 pilots, including their homes, and crew or passengers have revealed very little about a political or criminal motive to hijack the or deliberately crash the plane.
Perhaps what is most prominent in the investigation of the missing airliner thus far, has been the gaping holes in international security protocol and the United States government's continuing struggle to label any incident as terrorism.
In more than eleven years since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has yet to provide lawmakers with a single, clear definition of terrorism. The old adage, “One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter” still prevails.
On March 9, one day after Flight 370 disappeared from the radar, Reuters reported that Malaysian officials launched a terror probe into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight after learning that two passengers on board the plane used stolen passports.
In 2013, over one billion passengers boarded airplanes without their passports being checked against Interpol's database of 40 million stolen or lost travel documents from 167 countries.
Satellite data analysis revealed on Sunday that the Boeing 777-200 may have flown up to seven hours after the last contact with the pilots.in one of two possible “corridors.” One route would have taken the plane through areas with extremist Islamist groups and unstable governments, as well as remote, sparsely populated areas. A second route is over the vast Indian Ocean.
On Tuesday, Chinese officials said it had deployed 21 satellites to scour its territory. Australian officials said it has narrowed its search field based on satellite tracking data and analysis of weather and currents to 230,000 sq miles.
As day twelve in the search for the Boeing 777-200 and 239 crew and passengers approaches, investigators in the search for the aircraft or a possible motive remain stumped.
Some family members remain hopeful that loved ones will be found alive, and many have expressed anger and heartbreak.