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Search continues for missing Malaysian Airlines plane

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -

The search continues for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 more than a week after it disappeared. Investigators are increasingly convinced that the plane with 239 people on board was intentionally diverted off course.

On Monday, a Navy P-3 Orion with advanced submarine detection sensors will be flying over the Indian Ocean as the search for flight 370 is vastly expanded. Satellite data suggested the plane flew off-course toward Kazakhstan or over the Indian Ocean.

Twenty-five countries are now involved in the search. Along with searching a vast area of ocean water, they are searching across eleven separate countries - an incredible operation.

A French investigation team arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Monday to help the Malaysian government search for the plane. The team's leader and former director led the team that found the black box for Air France flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic in 2009.

An Indian Navy ship also involved in search operations arrived at the naval base in Port Blair.

In Malaysia, the focus is increasingly on the pilots, Zaharie Shah and Fariq Hamid, the co-pilot. Both of their homes were searched over the weekend.

Friends say that both of them are honest, decent men and heartily refute that they should be the subject of any kind of investigation.

The authorities are making clear that they're not just looking into the two pilots, but also the passengers and the crew.

The news through the weekend that flight 370 was being determinedly controlled by someone has re-set the focus of this investigation and opened up a whole new set of questions about what exactly happened.

The investigation has now revealed that the last radio message from the cockpit was spoken after someone had begun disabling the plane's tracking systems.

Meanwhile, China has called on Malaysia to immediately expand and clarify the scope of their search.

China has been vocal in its impatience with Malaysian efforts to find the plane.

An Indonesia family of a woman on board the flight said they remain hopeful that the plane will be found. The police's disaster victim identification unit visited the Indonesian family to collect DNA samples for the second time.

As the investigation continues, family members are eager to find out what happened to their loved ones.

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