Malaysia: US Report That Missing Plane Flew for Hours After Disappearing ‘Inaccurate’
This is absolutely crazy. With all the satellites everyone has, how can this plane still not be found? Something more is going on here.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. officials involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 suspect that the plane may have been flying for up to four hours after its radar signals were shut down. The Malaysian government is denying the possibility, calling the report “inaccurate.”
The report suggests that the plane did not crash but continued to fly for “about four hours” since the last time airports and satellites made contact with the flight. The new time would put the plane in the air for a total of five hours and would radically expand the scope of the search area to include areas like Pakistan or the Arabian Sea, according to officials. The new data is based on information automatically sent to the ground from the plane’s engines to its designer, Rolls Royce. U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal that they are entertaining the possibility that the plane was diverted and hidden “with the intention of using it later for another purpose.”
Malaysian authorities have expanded the scope of the investigation twice, initially shocking those following the story by including the Strait of Malacca in the search, which lies hundreds of miles away from the plane’s designated path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Malaysian government has called the Wall Street Journal report “inaccurate,” however, and have no apparent plans to expand the scope of the search as far as the Indian Ocean or Pakistan yet. The government recently expanded the scope of the search in that direction, however, stopping at the Andaman Sea. Malaysian authorities have nonetheless admitted to not knowing which way the plane was flying once losing contact with it.