MH370: Search for missing plane now focusing on two possible corridors
| Updated: March 15, 2014
(First published on: March 15, 2014 16:10 MYT)
This is based on local and international experts – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB), the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the Malaysian authorities - concurring that new raw satellite data information corroborated with the Royal Malaysian Air Force primary radar that showed the air craft, now confirmed to be MH370, was in a consistent flight movement.
‘‘Up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, these movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane," he said.
He also confirmed that the plane’s transponder and communications were deliberately shut off.
‘Based on new satellite info, we can say with a high degree of certainty that the Aircraft Communications Addressing & Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the East coast of peninsular Malaysia,’ he said at press conference at 2.18pm, Saturday.
Najib added that shortly afterwards, the air craft’s transponder was switched off near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control.
The last confirmed communication between the plane and the satellite was at 8.11am, March 8 which disputed previous fears of the plane crashing into the South China Sea.
Najib has called off the search operations in the South China Sea and is reassessing the deployment of assets based on this latest development.
The investigating teams now determined that based on the plane’s last communication with the satellite, it is likely to be in one of two possible corridors.
"A northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan no northern Thailand, or a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to the Southern Indian Ocean," he said.
To watch more of Astro's popular programmes and infotainment, use Astro on the Go http://onthego.astro.com.my
- MH17: PM Najib Razak calls for immediate cessation of hostilities
- Both sides must stop fighting at MH17 crash site: Malaysia PM
- MH17: PM Najib Razak arrives in the Netherlands
- MH17: Australia to hold national memorial service for crash victims
- MH17: 70 coffins of crash victims has undergone forensic and identification process
Press conference with PM Najib Razak on flight MH17, Amsterdam
Exclusive - Crash site not secured
Exclusive - Turmoil in the east threatens the investigation
Exclusive - Maryinka turns into a ghost town
Exclusive - She saw the plane come down
Indonesia's Prabowo out of presidential election process
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe
Press Conference MH17 (12:15pm, 22nd July 2014)
Press conference with Ukraine Prime Minister on flight MH17
MH17 passenger manifest
Ukraine accuses rebels of withholding crash site evidence