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Malaysian official says probe concludes MH370 hijacked as Xinhua reports

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Xinhua): An unspecified Malaysian official was quoted as saying Saturday that investigators have concluded that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked.

Malaysian official says probe concludes MH370 hijacked as Xinhua reports

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Photo taken on March 13, 2014 shows a plane of Malaysia Airlines at the international airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. An unspecified Malaysian official was quoted as saying on March 15, 2014 that investigators have concluded that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked. (Xinhua/He Jingjia)

According to the report, which is yet to be corroborated, the hijackers have rich flying experience and they switched off communication devices deliberately and steered the Boeing 777 aircraft off course.

Although piracy is no longer a theory, the motives are yet to be established, the official was quoted as saying.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is scheduled to hold a press conference in Kuala Lumpur in the early afternoon.

A multinational intensive search has so far failed to locate the plane, which disappeared from radar early Saturday morning last week while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Among the 227 passengers 154 are Chinese.

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