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3/13/2014 (7 months ago)

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Evidence show plane was still airborne four hours after vanishing

In a deepening mystery to which there are only theories and very little hard evidence, U.S. investigators think that Malaysian Airlines flight 370 remained airborne for four more hours after vanishing from its last recorded position. This raises the prospect that the plane could have been hijacked.

A new theory is that the plane, along with its 239 passengers were diverted to an undisclosed location 'with the intention of using it later for another purpose.'

A new theory is that the plane, along with its 239 passengers were diverted to an undisclosed location "with the intention of using it later for another purpose."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/13/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Malaysian flight, missing, terrorism, theories


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials now suspect that the plane flew for a total of five hours. They reached this conclusion based on data automatically downloaded from the Boeing 777's Rolls Royce engines which were then sent back to the ground as part of a routine monitoring program.

US counter-terrorism officials are concerned as to why Malaysian Airlines flight 370 remained airbor

US counter-terrorism officials are concerned as to why Malaysian Airlines flight 370 remained airborne for four hours after it vanished from radar based on data transmitted from its engines. Pictured are crew members of a Chinese Air Force aircraft.


A new theory is that the plane, along with its 239 passengers were diverted to an undisclosed location "with the intention of using it later for another purpose."

Police patrol with a dog at Beijing International Airport days after the Beijing-bound Malaysian jet

Police patrol with a dog at Beijing International Airport days after the Beijing-bound Malaysian jetliner went missing. One of the world's most perplexing aviation mysteries continued to rumble on through Thursday as reports claimed US investigators were examining if the plane was hijacked by terrorists.


The new developments were revealed from the Wall Street Journal after talking with two unofficial sources familiar with the American investigation. The jet disappeared into thin air around 1.30 a.m. Saturday morning en-route to Beijing.

Passengers look at a Malaysian Airline planes at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, on 13

Passengers look at a Malaysian Airline planes at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, on 13 March 2014. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board went missing early 08 March 2014 while on its way to Beijing under mysterious circumstances.


Terrorism experts are now examining the possibility that the pilot or somebody else turned the plane's transponders off to avoid detection and flew it to another country.

A Vietnamese military official uses a binocular to look out the window inside a flying Soviet-made A

A Vietnamese military official uses a binocular to look out the window inside a flying Soviet-made AN-26 of the Vietnam Air Force during search and rescue (SAR) operations for a missing Malaysian Airlines flight, off Vietnam's sea, on 13 March 2014.


One thing is certain: A total flight time of five hours upon leaving Kuala Lumpur means that the plane would have been able to remain airborne for an additional 2,200 nautical miles at its air-speed, putting the border of Pakistan and the Arabian Sea within reach.

Terrorism or hijacking in the case has not been ruled out, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Vietnam Air Force aircraft flies during search and rescue (SAR) operations for the missing Malaysian

Vietnam Air Force aircraft flies during search and rescue (SAR) operations for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, off Vietnam's sea, on 13 March 2014 - the Boeing 777 has not been found or heard from since March 8 when it disappeared from radar.


Malaysia Airlines said that the Rolls-Royce Trent engines stopped transmitting monitoring signals when contact with the plane was lost. Officials are now working on the suspicion that the plane's engines were operating for four more hours following its last recorded sighting on radar. How it flew for so long without operating its transponders has added to the mystery.

One working theory is that the plane was taken over for an as-yet unknown purpose. The Wall Street Journal said that this scenario was brought to national security officials and senior personnel from the appropriate U.S. agencies.

Officials were told that terror investigators were actively examining if flight 370 had been commandeered "to be used later for another purpose."

A visitor writes on a banner carrying messages for the passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines fligh

A visitor writes on a banner carrying messages for the passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.


It's not yet known if the plane crashed hundreds of miles from its last known location or indeed landed at an alternate destination.

As part of maintenance agreements between Rolls Royce and Malaysian Airlines, the engines transmit live data to its global engine health monitoring center in Derby, UK for analysis every 30 minutes.

Captain Syukri of the Malaysian Air Forces studies a map during a search and rescue mission flight.

Captain Syukri of the Malaysian Air Forces studies a map during a search and rescue mission flight.


Investigators have used this information to try to establish the activities of flight 370 after its transponders ceased to work en-route to Beijing, half way across the Gulf of Thailand.

In either case, after nearly a week, a massive international air and water search involving 10 nations using 56 surface ships have failed to find a single piece of debris or sign of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft.

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