U.S. examines theory someone diverted missing Malaysian jetliner as search expands westward

There are signs the aircraft may have flown

There are signs the aircraft may have flown for hours after its last contact with air-traffic control.

WASHINGTON - (AP) A U.S. official says investigators are examining the possibility that someone caused the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board, and that it may have been "an act of piracy."
The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke only if not identified. While other theories are still being examined, the official says key evidence for "human intervention" in the plane's disappearance is that contact with its transponder stopped about a dozen minutes before a messaging system quit.
This official says that it's also possible the plane may have landed somewhere.
Another communications system on the plane continued to "ping" a satellite for about four hours after contact was lost with the Boeing 777 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing - an indication the plane may have continued to fly on for hours.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's transport minister says the search for a missing airliner is being expanded westward only because it's still missing, and not because of any new information about the disappearance.

Vietnam says it has been asked by Malaysian authorities to consider sending planes and ships to the Strait of Malacca, also to the west of Malaysia.
China is also urging Malaysia's government to release any information it has. The appeal by the Foreign Ministry reflects growing frustration among Chinese officials over mixed and conflicting information about the plane. 

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