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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Malaysian officials now say someone deliberately diverted Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and shut down communications.

Malaysia's prime minister says authorities weren't able to follow the planes tracking system because it was turned off intentionally.

"This movement is consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane," Prime Minister Najib Razak said. 

The question is who? Was it someone on board or did one of the pilots have something to do with it? 

"The Malaysian authorities have refocused investigation on crew and passengers on board," Prime Minister Najib Razak said. 

Authorities are looking at all scenarios including hijacking and the possibility that one of the pilots took over and committed suicide. 

However, Denis Bresin, a long time American Airlines pilot, and current Director of Aviation for San Diego Christian College says people shouldn't get too caught up in speculation. 

"It's premature to speculate when you don't know the causes," Breslin said. "And all it does is cause people a lot of heartache and pain, and the more preposterous the theories are the more hurt there can be to the victims or the family of the victims. So why do that?"

That said, he did give us some insight into how security differs from U.S. airlines and international flyers. He says American flights have a locked cockpit and the pilots are armed, but not all international carriers have the same standards and some have an open cockpit, there's even pilot passenger interaction. 

"If I were a bad guy looking around the world for a cockpit I could get in with the least amount of resistance, it would probably be a southeast Asian airline," Breslin said. 

Authorities say they're using every resource available, and hope they can bring the families of passengers some much needed answers. 

"For the families and friends of those involved, we hope this new information brings us one step closer to finding the plane," Prime Minister Najib Razak said. 

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