A girl looks at a board with messages of support and hope for passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur international airport. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
‘The Malaysian prime minister says investigators now know that the missing Malaysian airliner’s communications were deliberately disabled and that it turned back from its flight to Beijing and flew across Malaysia.
The search for the plane is now being extended across a vast area extending from Kazhakstan in central Asia to the southern Indian ocean, Najib Razak revealed in a dramatic press conference on Saturday.
After new satellite information became available, he said dozens of countries across the region would now become involved in the search for Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight MH 370 which went missing a week ago with 239 crew and passengers on board.
The new satellite information also revealed that the last communication with the plane was at 8.11am on Saturday March 8, much later than previously believed.’
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