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Communication systems on missing Malaysia flight may have been turned off on purpose

Updated: Sunday, March 16 2014, 02:39 PM CDT
It has been more than a week since a commercial airliner headed for Beijing disappeared with 239 people onboard.  

For days, ships and planes criss-crossed the South China Sea looking for Malaysia Airlines flight 370, but now new information has surfaced.  

Malaysia's Prime Minister now believes flight 370 continued in the air for more than 6 hours after losing contact with air traffic control.

He told reporters: "Two of the communication systems on board the plane were turned off deliberately, one after another."

Malaysian authorities have refocused the investigation on the crew and passengers. The search has entered a new phase.

Police went to the homes of the pilot and co-pilot, but did not reveal if anything was found.  They are also examining the psychological profiles of the men, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah and the 27-year-old co-pilot, Fari Abdul Hamid.

On Saturday, a Japanese plane took a final flight over the South China Sea as the search focus shifts.

The latest satellite analysis shows two possible corridors: a Northern arc stretching from Thailand through western China into Kazakhstan or a Southern arc stretching past Indonesia and deep into the Southern Indian ocean.  

Crews are making plans to expand the search area.

Most experts believe it went over water because military radar likely would have picked up the plane over land.  

The Boeing 777 could have flown more than 2,500 miles from its last known location.Communication systems on missing Malaysia flight may have been turned off on purpose

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