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March 26th, 2014
10:55 PM ET

Report: Investigators looking at deliberate action in cockpit

The focus of the investigation into missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is now on the captain and co-pilot of the plane.

A U.S. official tells CNN that the FBI has now has access to the captain and co-pilots hard drives, including the drive from the captain's flight simulator and results are expected to be handed over to Malaysian officials in a day or two.

An official involved in the investigation tells USA Today that the pilot is, in the paper's words, "believed to be solely responsible for the flight being taken hundreds of miles off course."

That official says it was not an accident.

Crews are also resuming the search for the plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

New satellite images provided by a French defense firm show 122 objects floating not far from other satellite sightings of possible debris.

The objects range from about 3 feet to about 75 feet in length, scattered over an area the size of Denver.

The images were taken Sunday, but a search of the area has produced nothing so far.

Unrelated to the satellite images, three objects were spotted Wednesday by two aircraft, but searchers were unable to relocate the objects on subsequent passes.

OutFront: William Dermody, World News Editor for USA Today. Along with our Richard Quest, CNN aviation analyst Miles O'brien, and John Nance is an Aviation Analyst for ABC's "World News".

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  1. Collin La Mey

    In a prior post I stated that the only issue with the pilot was the issue pertaining to the fact that the higher court overturned his exoneration on a sodomy charge and he had to be sentenced to jail when he returned. I stated that you never know how a person would react in that situation. Honestly I doubt it. I AM MORE concerned about those debris they are findiing. WHERE ARE THE BODIES? I am confident a body would be close to those debris. Honestly I thinks it's garbage on the ocean's floor.

    March 27, 2014 at 2:03 am | Reply
    • Jess

      To Collin, you are incorrect. The pilot was not charged with sodomy. He was a supporter of a Malaysian opposition leader who was charged with this, and was later acquitted. For people who think that the pilot committed suicide, why would you fly 7 hours? I would crash it right away. The ghost plane theory also doesn't work b/c hours later into the flight, the plane made 2 more turns trying to avoid Indonesia's airspace. The plane also went down 12000 ft. It means that somebody was still controlling the plane. We don't really know what happened. People should hold judgment and wait for more evidence to come out.

      March 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply

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