Day 12: Missing airliner changed course before final message

Malaysia airport police officer stands in front of messages board for the passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. New radar data from Thailand gave Malaysian investigators more potential clues Wednesday for how to retrace the course of the missing Malaysian airliner, while a massive multinational search unfolded in an area the size of Australia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia airport police officer stands in front of messages board for the passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 changed course before the pilots’ final spoke their final words to air traffic controllers, reports Fox News.

A former FAA spokesman said the plane changed course 12 minutes before one of the pilots, presumably the younger co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, said, “All right, good night” in his final radio call.

“One of the pilots clearly had the intention … that he was going to take [the plane] in a different direction,” said Scott Brenner. “It’s 100 percent clear this pilot, or this co-pilot, was going to take this plane with the intent of doing something bad.”

Brenner said it would be very difficult for one pilot to have hidden the course change from the other pilot, so both pilots were likely aware the plane was off course.

Senior American officials told The New York Times that someone entered a code into a computer between the pilot and co-pilot to change the plane’s direction.

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