March 13th, 2014
08:21 AM ET

Report: Missing Plane Kept Flying For Hours

The puzzle over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew even more complex Thursday when a report emerged suggesting the missing plane may have flown on for about four hours after its last reported contact.

The report from the Wall Street Journal said U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials were basing their belief that the missing plane kept flying on data automatically transmitted to the ground from the passenger jet's engines.

The newspaper attributed the information to two unidentified people who were "familiar with the details." CNN was not immediately able to confirm the report.

If the plane did indeed stay in the air for several hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers early Saturday, the challenge facing investigators and search teams becomes immensely more complicated.

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  1. Tina Reeves

    There are two things that make me believe that this plane has not crashed. One is that Rolls Royce stated that data from the plane’s engines showed that it had flown for a further four hours from its last confirmed location and there is no reason in the world why Rolls Royce would lie. The other is that for some reason the media appear to believe that the plane's "black box" flight recorder has been destroyed but since nothing would happen with a black box unless the plane had crashed, why do they believe it has been destroyed when in fact it could mean that the plane has landed somewhere? In addition, although it may be that some mobile phones will ring before they go to the message service not all do. There are too many phones ringing rather than going straight to message service in which case is it not more likely that the plane landed somewhere? It is possible for the police to trace where mobile phones are – has anyone tried to track them? I think the plane has been hijacked.

    March 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply

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