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A March 16, 2014 report in a government-backed newspaper indicates missing Malaysian flight MH370 dropped its altitude 5,000 feet in order to avoid detection by commercial radar, according to Yahoo News.

The New Strait Times reports the Boeing 777-200ER that has been missing for over a week, made the descent after turning back from its original flight path heading to Beijing.

The Malaysia Airlines flight vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board.

On March 15, Malaysian authorities announced the plane was purposely diverted and its transmission devises were shut off to avoid being spotted.

According to the New Strait Times, an anonymous official told the publication, “The person who had control over the aircraft has a solid knowledge of avionics and navigation and left a clean track. It passed low over Kelantan, that was true.”

Experts indicate that a Boeing 777 flying that low may cause passengers to become air sick, according to Yahoo.

The homes of both the pilot of the missing plane, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, were searched Saturday.

Yahoo notes that background checks done on passengers have revealed nothing untoward or suspicious.

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