140312-missing-jet-earch-jsw-226p_4583c1504399194d0f7a29c4e12e38f0Investigators trying to solve the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner were reportedly looking into whether communication from the Boeing 777 may have been deliberately cut off, as Malaysian authorities expanded their search westward toward India. Further compounding the mystery of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were reports late Thursday that investigators were exploring whether someone on the plane may have deliberately disabled two automated communication systems in an attempt to avoid detection.  The Wall Street Journal reported that aviation investigators were looking into the possible disabling of the jetliner’s transponder, which transmits information on the plane’s identity, location and altitude, and another system that collects and transmits data about the plane’s key systems. ABC News quoted two unidentified American officials as saying the U.S. believes the plane’s data reporting system and transponder were shut down separately, at 1:07 a.m. and 1:21 a.m. Such a scenario would indicate the plane did not disappear due to some kind of catastrophic failure. MORE