The New Straits Times (Malaysia) is reporting that Malaysia Air Flight 370’s Copilot attempted a cell phone call after final radio contact and after the plane diverted from it’s planned course to Beijing. I have seen this reported nowhere else.
The source for the story is an anonymous person inside the investigation. The source states that the co-pilot’s cell records are being examined (as I assume would be the pilot’s, flight crew’s and all the passengers’) and the examination shows that the phone was powered off about the time that the crew boarded the flight. This is considered normal. However, after the flight departed, after the final radio contact with ground controllers and after the flight changed course, the phone was turned on and a call was made or attempted. The source declined to give further information as to whom the call was attemted or if it was indeed completed. I will be interested to see if this story is picked up by other media sources.