Thursday, March 13, 2014

U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airplane Flew On For Hours

Engine Data Suggest Malaysia Flight Was Airborne Long After Radar Disappearance

 

U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU -4.08% Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky. 

Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co. BA -1.85% 777's engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program. 

That raises a host of new questions and possibilities about what happened aboard the widebody jet carrying 239 people, which vanished from civilian air-traffic control radar over the weekend, about one hour into a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.


Six days after the mysterious disappearance prompted a massive international air and water search that so far hasn't produced any results, the investigation appears to be broadening in scope.

For the rest of the story: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914904579434653903086282

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