Malaysian Prime Minister calls plane disappearance ‘deliberate’

More Americans are lending a hand in the search for the missing Malaysia plane.

Flight 370 vanished more than a week now, and investigators are still baffled as to where it may have gone down.

The search has shifted focus to the people on-board the flight, and the search area is changing.

Malaysian police have searched the homes of both the pilot and the co-pilot for clues to the whereabouts of Flight 370.

Some experts are critical of the investigation, saying the move is long overdue.

Former Inspector General for U.S. Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo says, “For them to wait this long to look into the pilots’ homes is really inexcusable.”

The searches were prompted by analysis of electronic and satellite data that shows the plane was flying a strange path.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says, “These movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.”

The movements led investigators to broaden the search area.

They believe after communication was cut off, the plane turned and flew west over the Malaysian peninsula. They believe it then went either northwest, toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest, over the Indian Ocean.

Malaysian Prime Minister Razak says, “The aviation authorities of Malaysia and their international counterparts have determined that the plane’s last communication with a satellite was in one of two possible corridors.”

The northern corridor stretches from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan all the way over to northern Thailand.

The southern corridor stretches from Indonesia into the southern Indian Ocean.

With the focus now on the area west of Malaysia, searches of the South China Sea are being abandoned.

Despite these renewed efforts, experts continue to criticize the investigation.

The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt says, “How do you make heads and tails of any of this?”

“The Malaysian authorities are making no sense at this point,” says Schiavo. “So I question whether they believe their theories. I think they’re just grabbing at straws.”

The search now includes 43 ships and 58 aircraft from 14 different countries.