Thursday, March 13, 2014
Was Missing Malaysian Jetliner's Radar Deliberately Turned Off?
Continuing search Vietnam's Russian made MI-17 helicopter lifts off from an airport in Ca Mau City to join the anxiety filled search operation for a Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 plane over the U Minh jungle in the southern province of Ca Mau which has been missing since the last weekend. US investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 stayed in the air for about 4hrs. past the time it reached it's last confirmed location the Wall Street Journal reported citing the 2 people familiar with the details. The report comes as authorities remain uncertain about which ocean to search for the jetliner that went missing on Saturday after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. The latest disclosure led US investigators to explore the possibility that someone deliberately turned off the transponder and diverted the plane to another location. It raises the possibility that the plane and the 239 people on board could have flown on for additional distance of about 2,200 miles, potentially reaching the border of Pakistan or as far as destination in the Indian Ocean or Arabian Sea. But Malaysia denied the report that it's missing airliner flew on 4 hrs. after disappearing from radar. The last definitive sighting of the aircraft on civilian radar screens came shortly before 1:30 am on Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur as it flew North East across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand bound for Beijing. Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of 5 hrs. based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co 777's engines as part of a standard monitoring program.
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