Jetliner said to fly high, then low

Radar shows turn made, as if deliberate, toward Indian Ocean

Posted: March 15, 2014 at 3:35 a.m.

Crew members spray water at an Indonesian Air Force Boeing 737 "Surveiller" of the 5th Air Squadron "Black Mermaids" to wash sea water off its fuselage after a low altitude flight to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over the Strait of Malacca, at Suwondo air base in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 14, 2014. The jetliner vanished nearly a week ago with 239 people aboard. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

SEPANG, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 experienced significant changes in altitude after it lost contact with ground control, and it altered its course more than once as if still under the command of a pilot, U.S. officials and others familiar with the investigation said Friday.

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