New details revealed by the Malaysian authorities created a new hypothesis about the missing plane with up to 239 people on board. After six days, the Malaysian officials told to the media that the aircraft have flown west (and not north), probably as the result of a sabotage, in the direction of the Andaman Islands.
“What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards” said a police official not authorized to speak.
This was a very different flight even for a hijacked aircraft because no trace of the plane nor any sign of wreckage has been found. It was invisible for civilian radars and this may be the result of the action of somebody who had turned off its communication systems. The last confirmed position of MH379 flight was at 35,000 feet about 90 miles off the east coast of Malaysia, heading towards Vietnam. Some special signal from the engine’s equipment seems to have existed for hours.
An extended research operation is ongoing with the international participation of thirteen country, including the US. The cost af the operation will exceed the money spent in any other previous accident. “Wherever there is a possibility, we have a duty to investigate it” said the Malaysian transport minister Hishammudin Hussein in the last press statement.