TODAY   |  April 02, 2014

Flight 370 investigation focuses on ‘criminal’ act

The investigation into Flight 370 enters a new phase, focusing on the crew. Every passenger on board has been cleared. One top official warns we may never know what happened to the plane. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> the focus of the investigation into malaysia air flight 370 is now down to just 12 people. this morning, one police official announcing that every passenger onboard that plane has been cleared in their criminal investigation . and now their attention turns solely to the crew of that plane. katy tur with more on that. katy , good morning.

>> reporter: officials came out today and said they have cleared all of the passengers of any wrong doing. that means they don't believe they sabotaged or hijacked the plane. now it's a criminal investigation . that's the first time you're hearing that word officially. a criminal investigation into the crew.

>> overnight, malaysian police announced the focus is narrowed on to the cabin crew including the pilots shah and hamid.

>> only the passengers have been cleared. the rest, no. it is a criminal investigation .

>> last week, officials announced they found, quote, nothing sinister on the flight simulator . the daily mail reported the family called sahari disturbed. his daughter called it a lie writing you should consider making movies since you are so good at making up stories and scripts out of thin air. may god have mercy on your souls. meanwhile, day 26 and crews 1,100 miles off the coast of australia have still found nothing.

>> it's a very inexact science at the moment.

>> outside of kuala lumpur , the family of chinese passengers met with high-level malaysian officials. but there was little to report.

>> it is a closed-door meeting.

>> this as malaysia airlines claimed once again they know as much as the public.

>> we are not the originators of information. there are at least 24 countries now involved in that search for the aircraft. there is no way to keep information hidden.

>> in that same news conference with the police chief said they cleared all the passengers. he said they will continue investigating, conducting interviews, but conceded for the first time they may never know what happened to this plane. this could be a mystery that they just will not solve. matt?

>> katy tur this morning, thank you very much.