The more the United
States learns about the flight's pattern, "the more difficult to write
off" the idea that some type of human intervention was involved, one of
the officials familiar with the investigation said.
The revelation comes as
CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite
data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or
elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.
The analysis conducted by
the United States and Malaysian governments may have narrowed the
search area for the jetliner that vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to
Beijing, leaving little trace of where it went or why.
The analysis used radar
data and satellite pings to calculate that the plane diverted to the
west, across the Malayan peninsula, and then either flew in a northwest
direction toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest into the Indian Ocean.