Missing Malaysian Jetliner Update

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Missing Malaysian Jetliner Update

Published on March 17, 2014 by Larry Crippen

Sunday, the investigation of what happened to a missing Malaysian jetliner remained focused on the pilots.

The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, referring to police as sources, said that 53-year-old Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was an “obsessive” supporter of local opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who was given a five year prison sentence only hours before the jetliner took off. The speculation is that the pilot might have been upset enough to hijack his own aircraft as a political protest.

Investigators have already removed and examined two laptops from the pilot’s home. One of the computers is believed to contain data from a flight simulator.

The British newspaper, the Telegraph, reported that investigators were looking into a plot planned by Al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheik Mohammed. The plot involved a Malaysian Al Qaeda cell of four or five who had planned to use a shoebox bomb to gain entry to a cockpit.

And Sunday, the Malaysian government was reported to be seeking information from a number of Asian countries the jetliner may have flown over.

Satellite information suggests that the plane flew for at least 7 1/2 hours after taking off.

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