More reason to believe foul play was involved in the missing Malaysian airliner’s disappearance came to light Monday night in the NY Times, with new evidence that the lost plane’s path was altered not by autopilot – but by a computer system. The Times reported, “whoever altered Flight 370′s path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer on a knee-high pedestal between the captain and the first officer.”
Times reporter Michael Schmidt told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Monday night that whoever did this “had to have known what they were doing.”
The first turn to the west that diverted the missing Malaysia Airlines plane from its planned flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was carried out through a computer system that was most likely programmed by someone in the plane’s cockpit who was knowledgeable about airplane systems, according to senior American officials.
Instead of manually operating the plane’s controls, whoever altered Flight 370’s path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer on a knee-high pedestal between the captain and the first officer, according to officials. The Flight Management System, as the computer is known, directs the plane from point to point specified in the flight plan submitted before a flight. It is not clear whether the plane’s path was reprogrammed before or after it took off.
The fact that the turn away from Beijing was programmed into the computer has reinforced the belief of investigators — first voiced by Malaysian officials — that the plane was deliberately diverted and that foul play was involved. It has also increased their focus on the plane’s captain and first officer.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News that that the plane may have landed “somewhere in southeast Asia” as part of a terror plot.
“It could have landed somewhere, filled with explosives and then sent somewhere else to cause some great damage, and I think we have to look at all possibilities right now,” McCaul told Fox News.
The theory that the missing plane is being housed in a secret location is one of dozens that have emerged since the Boeing 777 disappeared. But with the international investigation now focusing on sabotage and foul play, the possibility of a terror link remains on the table.