KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday that it is very likely that the communications systems of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were deliberately disabled before it went missing, but there has been no confirmation the plane was hijacked.
A Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew vanished from radars while it was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing last week.
“There is a high degree of certainty” that the communications systems of flight MH370 were disabled by someone on board the plane, Razak said at a press conference.
The Malaysian prime minister, citing evidence from satellite images and radar tracking, said that the actions taken before the plane’s disappearance were “consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane.”
However, responding to rumors that the Boeing 777 was hijackied, Razak said that this had not been confirmed.
“Despite media reports the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear, we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate,” Razak said.