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Investigators now believe a Malaysian jet that vanished was commandeered by a "skilled, competent" flyer who piloted the plane for hours, a senior Malaysian military official said on Saturday as Prime Minister Najib Razak prepared to address the nation. Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, the official cited Malaysian military radar data that investigators believe indicate the Boeing 777 may have radically changed course and headed northwest towards the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister Najib's office said on its Twitter account that he would address the media at 1:30 pm (0530 GMT). The plane's intended flight path for the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing journey was to be north over the South China Sea and Vietnam.
By Niluksi Koswanage and Mark Hosenball KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Faint electronic signals sent to satellites from a missing Malaysian jetliner show it may have been flown thousands of miles off course before running out of fuel over the Indian Ocean, a source familiar with official U.S. assessments said. The Associated Press cited an unnamed Malaysian government official as saying investigators had "conclusively" established that one of the pilots or someone else with flying experience had hijacked the plane. That report could not immediately be confirmed with officials in Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was due to give a news conference at 1:30 p.m. (0530 GMT), his first such appearance since the day the flight disappeared.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian investigation into the missing flight 370 has concluded that one or more people with flying experience switched off communications devices and deliberately steered the airliner off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said Saturday.