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U.S. theory: someone may have diverted missing Malaysian plane

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A U.S. official says investigators are examining the possibility of someone causing the disappearance of a Malaysia Airliner with 239 people on board.

The official says it may have been "an act of piracy."  Investigators are still examining other theories, however, the official says key evidence for "human intervention" in the plane's disappearance is that contact with the transponder halted more than ten minutes before a messaging system quit. 

Another communications system onboard continued to "ping" a satellite for several hours after contact was lost, an indication the plane may have continued flying.  The flight took off from Kuala Lumpur and was headed to Beijing.  It is possible the plane may have landed somewhere.
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