In new information released late Tuesday about missing flight MH370, authorities have released that the plane had been turned off course prior to the pilot before radioing “Good night” to the nearest tower. This is a groundbreaking development given that it was previously thought the plane had turned off course after that radio transmission. Authorities have not drawn any conclusion on what this means, but it continues suspicions about possible involvement from the pilots.
The Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished nearly two weeks ago was already 12 minutes into its diverted course when the plane’s co-pilot calmly told air traffic controllers that things were “all right,” former FAA spokesman Scott Brenner said Tuesday on “The Kelly File.”
“One of the pilots clearly had the intention that he was going to take (the plane) in a different direction,” Brenner told host Megyn Kelly. “It was 100 percent clear that this pilot or co-pilot was going to take this plane with the intent of doing something bad.”
At 1:19 p.m. on March 8, 12 minutes after the plane had changed course to the west, co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid gave a routine “All right, good night” in his final radio call.
The news comes one day after the New York Times that the route was programmed into a computer system onboard, meaning it was not executed manually by one of the pilots at the controls. Senior American officials told the newspaper that someone entered a code into a knee-high pedestal between the pilot and co-pilot.
The revelation lends more credence to a theory by investigators searching for the jet that the Boeing 777 was deliberately diverted. The Times reports it is unclear if the change in course was reprogrammed before or after the plane took off, but the change was likely made by someone in the cockpit with knowledge of airplane systems.