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Final words from jet came after systems shutdown

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 16, 2014 at 9:52 a.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The final words from the missing Malaysian jetliner's cockpit gave no indication anything was wrong even though one of the plane's communications systems had already been disabled, officials said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the disappearance.

As authorities examined a flight simulator that was confiscated from the home of one of the pilots and dug through the background of all 239 people on board and the ground crew that serviced the plane, they also were grappling with the size of the search ahead of them, warning they needed more data to narrow down the hunt for the aircraft.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 took off from Kuala Lumpur about 12:40 a.m. March 8, headed to Beijing. On Saturday, Malaysia's government confirmed that the plane was deliberately diverted and may have flown as far north as Central Asia, or south into the vast reaches of the Indian Ocean.

Authorities have said someone on board the plane first disabled one of its communications systems — the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS — at 1:07 a.m. About 14 minutes later, the transponder, which identifies the plane to commercial radar systems, was also shut down. The fact that they went dark separately is strong evidence that the plane's disappearance was deliberate.

On Sunday, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference that that the final, reassuring words from the cockpit — "All right, good night" — were spoken to air traffic controllers after the ACARS system was shut down. Whoever spoke did not mention any trouble on board, seemingly misleading ground control.

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T6 says... March 16, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.

Capt Zaharie had a flight simulator of this plane at his house. Who better than him to know how to avoid radar.

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T6 says... March 16, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

I suspect IF Capt Zaharie didn't hijack this plane HE trained the ones who did with the flight simulator at his home.

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Dontsufferfools says... March 16, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.

I think surfuuuuurduuude was trying to get a free flight to the big waves in Australia and miscalculated on the fuel.

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T6 says... March 16, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

DS.... SurferDude is the voice of reason. You just have to look at a slightly different angle.

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Ragmop says... March 16, 2014 at 1:42 p.m.

The answer to the mystery is in the names of the pilot and co-pilot.

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NoUserName says... March 16, 2014 at 1:52 p.m.

Why? Are they anagrams?

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GrimReaper says... March 16, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

I think we can reasonably assume that there are intelligence agencies that know exactly what happened to the plane. They just don't want the public to know at this time.

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Dontsufferfools says... March 16, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.

Anyone heard from sdude since the plane disappeared?

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