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Malaysia says jet's disappearance was deliberate, investigation to refocus on crew, passengers

   KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister says missing
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was deliberately diverted and continued flying for
more than six hours after losing contact with the ground.
   Prime Minister Najib Razak's statement confirms that the plane's disappearance
more than a week ago was not accidental.
   It also expands an already vast search area.  The plane's last communication
with a satellite was in one of two possible "corridors" -- a northern one from
northern Thailand through to the border of the Central Asian countries Kazakhstan
and Turkmenistan, and a southern one from Indonesia to the southern Indian
Ocean.
   The plane was carrying 239 people when it departed for an overnight flight from
Kuala Lumpur to Beijing at 12:40 a.m. on March 8. Investigators are taking another
look at the flight's crew and passengers. Police have visited the Kuala Lumpur homes
of both the pilot and co-pilot today, according to a guard and several local reporters.
   AP-WF-03-15-14 1435GMT

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