Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's Disappearance Likely Caused By "Those In the Cockpit," According to U.S. Authorities

Authorities seem no closer to discovering the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared eight days ago, but officials seem closer to understanding who might be responsible for its disappearance. According to CNN, U.S. officials say they are investigating the pilots, with a working theory that "those in the cockpit" might have been to blame for the plane going off the radar.

This news follows claims from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who, on Saturday, indicated that the Boeing 777 was deliberately taken off course by someone inside of the plane. Those claims come after days of wild speculation, which ranged from terrorism to a catastrophic mid-air explosion. Though the former was discounted earlier this week — two stolen passports that were being investigated showed no ties to terrorism organizations — a possible hijacking does point to some nefarious activity aboard Malaysia Flight 370.

Particularly after authorities inspected the radar, which indicated that Malaysia Flight 370 might have been flying a whopping seven hours following its disappearance. (Someone on the airline turned off the transponder mid-flight between the Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control border, making communication with those on the ground impossible.) Military radar pointed to the jet's erratic movement, turning west, then northwest towards the Bay of Bengal. But Razak is telling reporters to not yet label it a hijacking, putting a giant question mark on the plane's disappearance still:

Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, we are investigating all major possibilities on what caused MH370 to deviate.

The last known correspondence between air traffic control and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's captains was "All right, good night," spoken to Vietnamese air traffic control.

Theories about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 range from a crash in the Indian Ocean to a landing in an unknown location. And, no doubt, speculation will continue until authorities locate the jet, wherever it may be.

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