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Monday, March 17, 2014

Did Flight 370 Pilots Deceive Ground Control?

Malaysia's Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein shows maps during a press conference at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 17, 2013. An investigation into the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 intensified on March 17 after officials confirmed that the last words spoken from the cockpit came after a key signalling system was manually disabled. (Photo credit should read Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s Minister of Defense and Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, shows maps during a press conference today. An investigation into the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has intensified after officials confirmed the last words spoken from the cockpit came after a key signalling system was manually disabled. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysian officials say the search for missing Flight 370 has widened from Australia to Kazakstan, now that they believe the jet carrying 239 people was purposefully diverted from its intended flight path when it disappeared more than one week ago.

Malaysian Airline officials confirmed today that they believe the last words from the cockpit, “All right, good night,” were spoken by the co-pilot, deepening suspicions that someone on board the plane was deceiving ground control.

The politics of the pilot have also come into question, after reports he supported the pro-democracy opposition in Malaysia. Aviation industry reporter Andy Pasztor,who¬†has been covering the story for The Wall Street Journal, joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the latest developments.

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  • Andy Pasztor, longtime airline industry reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

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