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Malaysia Airlines plane was deliberately diverted

Malaysia said new data showed that the last communication between the lost aircraft and satellites took place at 8:11 am local time (0011 GMT), nearly seven hours after it turned and crossed the Malay Peninsula

The Malaysia Airlines lost airplane appears to have been deliberately diverted after someone aboard shut down its communications, said the prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.

A week after the disappearance of flight MH370, Najib said his latest satellite data transmission took place almost seven hours after it disappeared from radar screens.

But the satellite data did not provide a precise location and the deviation of the aircraft could carry anywhere from Central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean, he said.

Malaysia said new data showed that the last communication between the lost aircraft and satellites took place at 8:11 am local time (0011 GMT), nearly seven hours after it turned and crossed the Malay Peninsula.

Najib, who gave his first press conference since the disappearance of the aircraft, confirmed reports that investigators believe someone turned off the communication system of the aircraft and then the MH370 diverted westward, away from its programmed route.

traslation: Belén Zapata