It’s been almost a week since a Boeing 777 carrying 239 passengers vanished into thin air. And as authorities continue to try to find out what happened to the missing aircraft, a troubling new report suggests that it may have kept flying for several hours after losing contact. Did the jet — and its hundreds of passengers — land in some unknown location?
On day six of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a new report claimed that the reason rescue teams can’t find the missing plane is because they may not be looking in the right place. The aircraft reportedly kept flying for four more hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Flight 370: Did It Fly To An Undisclosed Location?
Aviation experts and national security officials believe the plane flew for five hours, based on date sent to Boeing as part of their routine monitoring program. But the plane was only in contact with air traffic for one hour, so a multitude of questions have arisen about the unaccounted for time.
Counterterrorism officials are now investigating the possibility that the pilot — or someone else — diverted the plane toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the radar detection technology, the Wall Street Journal reports. There is also reportedly fear that the plane has been brought into hiding so that it can be used in a future terrorist attack.
And just on a general level, the rescue teams’ search range may need to be seriously expanded, because the extra flight time means the plane could have flown hundreds of miles into an unknown direction.
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However, Malaysia’s acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Mar. 13 that this extra four hours report is “inaccurate,” according to CNN. He did not explain further or lend any more details.
So this could just be yet another dead end, a day after a Chinese satellite was thought to have possibly found the crash site in the waters south of Vietnam — only for those findings to be debunked as well. None of the debris related to the plane, Hishammuddin stated.
So another day goes by without any solid answers — the mystery and tragedy surround Flight MH370 is only growing.
— Andrew Gruttadaro