King said the pilot and the co-pilot “should have been the focus from the start.”
"I think this all leads toward the cockpit,” the Texas Republican said.
Twenty-five countries are now involved in the search as speculation turns to pilots.
Malaysia’s prime minister said missing airplane was deliberately diverted.
"In many ways we're back where we started," said Rep. Peter King.
A bid to gain access to airports in the U.S. and European Union by Norwegian Airlines has riled the American aviation industry.
Norwegian Air is attempting to gain access to airports that are covered under the U.S. and European Union’s “Open Skies” agreement by registering its airplanes in Ireland, which is a member of the EU.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is giving the public extra time to comment on its plans to let airlines allow cellphone use onboard.
U.S. officials say the Malaysia Airlines flight was last flying over the Indian Ocean.
“He probably wouldn’t survive it. I would bore him to death,” Coburn said.
Malaysia Airlines is saying that it is dismissing “media speculation” about the fate of its airplane that has been missing for a week.
Conflicting reports about the potential whereabouts about the plane have emerged in the seven days officials have been searching for the flight, which has been missing since losing contact with air traffic controllers about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China.
The company said it is “fully aware of the on-going media speculations and we have nothing further to add to the information we have already provided.