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Malaysian PM blames disappearance of MH370 on deliberate act

(Xinhua)    15:38, March 15, 2014
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak holds a press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 15, 2014. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that no conclusive evidence shows missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

Kuala Lumpur, March 15 -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said here Saturday that investigators have evidence that the missing jet's communications were deliberately disabled and it turned back from its route to Beijing.

Data suggested "with a high degree of certainty" that the plane's two automated communication systems were switched off one after the other before it reached the point over the South China Sea where it lost civilian radar contact at 1,:30 a.m. on March 8, he said.

The prime minister said the authorities are now trying to trace the airplane across two possible "corridors," a northern corridor from the border of Kazakstan and Turkmenistan through to northern Thailand, and southern corridor from Indonesia to southern Indian Ocean.

He said the expanded search area is based on the latest available satellite d