A girl looks at a board with messages of support and hope for passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport
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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'deliberately diverted'

The Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that has been missing for more than a week, had its communications deliberately switched off - and it was then turned away from its planned course.

The developments were revealed by the country's prime minister, who said the plane could have travelled as far as Kazakhstan to the north, or the southern Indian Ocean.

Malaysian police searched the Kuala Lumpur home of the plane's pilot, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Kuala Lumpur.

  • 15 Mar 2014
  • From the section Asia
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