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Authorities say missing plane was hijacked, shifting area of search

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Developing news on the missing airliner that's getting global attention. Authorities now believe that the Malaysia Airlines flight was hijacked and deliberately went missing.

It's now been one week since the plane disappeared. A Malaysian government official involved in the investigation says they believe that one of the pilots, or someone else with flying experience, hijacked the jet. Investigators are trying to determine where the plane could have been taken.

Communications with the plane were cut off one hour into the flight to Beijing, with 239 people on board. Malaysian Prime Minister Jajib Razak says the search is now shifting to other flight patterns over Asia, and the search of the South China Sea is ending.

The latest evidence shows the flight most likely did not crash there. "Clearly the search is entering a new phase. For the family and friends, we hope this new information brings us one step closer to finding the fate," the prime minister says.
    
Authorities are also investigating the backgrounds of the passengers and crew onboard, but so far have not found any connections to terrorism.