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Flight MH370 Probe Reveals Someone Steered It Off Course

Four years after the plane vanished, a report offers new insight but few answers
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2018 5:45 PM CDT
A girl writes a condolence message during the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

(Newser) – A newly released report on the mysterious 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 concludes that someone aboard the doomed commercial jet intentionally steered it off course. Per CNN, investigator Kok Soo Chon announced the long-awaited findings at a news conference near Kuala Lumpur on Monday. He said the investigation revealed MH370 was manually steered to turn around and head back to Malaysia rather than its destination in Beijing. As the AP notes, it remains unclear if the pilot was at the helm because the "possibility of intervention by a third party cannot be excluded." The plane is believed to have flown for some seven hours with its radio communications severed before it went down.

Though the report fails to answer many questions, investigators did manage to eliminate some factors, including the mental state of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and mechanical malfunction. However, Kok said the root cause of the disaster cannot be known until the plane's black boxes are uncovered. There were 239 people aboard the Boeing 777 when authorities presume it crashed in the southern Indian ocean March 8, 2014. The report was released following a second search that failed to find the plane. (Read more Malaysia Airlines stories.)

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