Malaysian authorities said the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 had been extended on Friday, amid news reports that the plane could have been deliberately flown off-course towards the Andaman Islands.
A new report late Friday suggested the plane made erratic changes in altitude and course multiple times after losing contact with civilian radar, deepening the mystery over who had control of the plane and where it was headed. CNN also reported that a joint US-Malaysian government analysis calculated the plane likely crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.
Reports continue to trickle in about the whereabouts of the plane - which has been missing for almost a week. Reuters reported Friday that military radar-tracing evidence suggested the missing jetliner was flown by someone who had received aviation training across the Malaysian peninsula toward India's Andaman Islands.
Two unnamed sources told Reuters that the military radar plotted an unidentified aircraft heading through established aviation corridors used by commercial planes flying from Southeast Asia to the Middle East or Europe. The data suggest the plane may have been deliberately flown west taking it over the Andaman Islands, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian transport minister held a press conference Friday, in which he said the search area had been widened and was "pushing further" into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
NBC News reported that US military assets were standing by to help search the southern part of the Bay of Bengal, much further west than past searches.
Inmarsat, the British satellite communications company, told the New York Times on Friday that it had recorded signals coming from the plane after it disappeared. It was the first confirmation that such signals existed, after days of reports and Malaysian government denials.
The Times later reported that the plane appears to have climbed above its approved altitude limit, descended and then turned before climbing again.