(Newser) – The first turn that took Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off course was made through a computer system, not by manual operation of the plane's controls, reports the New York Times, citing "senior American officials" involved in the investigation. Officials say the "seven or eight keystroke" change was entered into the Flight Management System, located on a pedestal that sits between the pilot and co-pilot, leading investigators to take a harder look at the two men. It's not clear whether the route was changed before or after the plane took off. Experts say whoever made the change would have to be familiar with Boeing aircraft, and it is far-fetched to think a passenger could have programmed the new route.



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