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The Latest In The Search For Still-Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

More than a week after a plane carrying 239 people disappeared, officials are focusing on the pilots and crew. Here's the latest as of 11:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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Investigators from the Malaysian government, the FBI, and Interpol have been working together to determine what exactly happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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A message for pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, at a memorial event.

Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, the plane's co-pilot, was the last to communicate with air traffic control. The message was “All right, good night.”

Edgar Su / Reuters

A Japan Coast Guard member studies a map with two Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency pilots in the Coast Guard's Gulfstream V Jet aircraft.


The last confirmed signal from the plane was sent to a satellite, but it was seven hours after it disappeared from radar, coming in at 8:11 a.m. local time.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

A man watches a large screen showing different flights at the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 13.

The turn that diverted the plane from its route was programmed into a computer system, most likely by someone in the plane’s cockpit, according to a report in The New York Times, citing unnamed U.S. officials.


A Malaysia Airline Boeing 737-800 plane taxis by main terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Mar. 16.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced at a press conference Saturday that in light of recent developments, authorities expanded both search areas for the plane and investigations of the jetliner's crew and passengers.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (center) with Malaysia’s minister for transport Hishamuddin Hussein (left) and director general of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, on Saturday.


The search for the missing plane is now focused on two corridors, hundreds of miles apart, on a vast arc stretching from Kazakhstan in Central Asia to the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean.

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Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein shows two maps with corridors of the last known possible location of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane.

As of Sunday, authorities determined that the plane's disappearance was a result of a deliberate action.

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Crew members on board a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon man their workstations while assisting in search operations for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean.


Investigators are looking into every member of Flight 370's passenger list and crew, determining who on board the plane had flight experience.

Edgar Su / Reuters

Passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER Flight MH318 as it cruises toward Beijing over the South China Sea.

China's ambassador to Malaysia said Tuesday background checks on the Chinese nationals aboard the missing plane have found no links to terror.

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A relative of a Chinese passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight shows a paper reading "Hunger strike protest, Respect life, Return my relative, Don't want become victim of politics, Tell the truth" in Beijing on Mar. 18.


On Tuesday, U.S. officials said an initial search of the pilots' personal computers and e-mails found nothing to indicate any planned deviation in the aircraft's route.

The officials said they had also reviewed cockpit conversations between the plane and air traffic controllers and found nothing suspicious or anything to explain why the aircraft changed course.

Neither the pilot nor the co-pilot asked to fly together, reducing the possibility that the two pilots coordinated a plan to hijack the flight, officials said.

Edgar Su / Reuters

A Japan Coast Guard studies a map with a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency pilot in an aircraft customized for search and rescue operations.

Flight simulators were reportedly found in the homes of two crew members: Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and a flight attendant who was also on board.

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Malaysia's Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein answers questions during a press conference at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 16.

After analyzing Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's activity on the flight simulator, investigators did not find anything that might suggest he was practicing how to make an aircraft undetectable.

The simulator also did not help explain the path the plane might have taken after it went off the grid.


News of the plane's change in direction has given the families of the missing passengers and crew hope that they may still be alive — as well as new fears about what condition they're in if the plane didn't crash.

Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

Students watch as a group of artists put the finishing touches on a painting on a school ground in Makati City in the Philippines.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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