Malaysia Airlines believes the co-pilot aboard the missing plane spoke the last words to ground controllers.
CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said at a news conference on Monday that initial investigations indicate that co-pilot is the one who calmly said, “All right, good night.”
Officials previously said that those words came at a point in the March 8 flight when one of the plane’s data communications systems had already been switched off.
The timing of the last words has sharpened suspicions that one or both of the pilots may have been involved in the plane’s disappearance.
Passengers look at a “digital earth” displayed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (#KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 16, 2014. Malaysia said on March 16 that police had searched the homes of the pilots of the missing jet and examined a home flight simulator after revelations that the flight was deliberately diverted triggered a full-scale criminal probe. #MH370
Malaysia’s defense minister, meanwhile, said searches have begun in both the northern and southern corridors of a vast swath of Asia where the missing jet is believed to have ended up. Hishammuddin Hussein said Kazakhstan joined the search in the farthest northwest section of the search area.
Earlier on Monday, Australia said it was taking the lead in searching over the southern Indian Ocean.
Crew members on board a US Navy P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 man their workstations while assisting in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370. An investigation into the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 intensified on March 17 after officials confirmed that the last words spoken from the cockpit came after a key signalling system was manually disabled.
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