Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/13/2014 (5 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

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."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/13/2014 (5 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.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

What they are doing in the Philippines will make you sick! Watch

Image of More than 1/3 of all Filipinos live below the poverty line.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The passage of Typhoon Haiyan through the Philippines has caused devastation and humanitarian disaster on a scale not previously seen, forcing hundreds into doing horrible things to survive their new found poverty. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Probably the ... continue reading


CRISIS HEATS UP: Russia sends troops over border into Ukraine Watch

Image of The latest development has further hindered any attempt to resolve the five-month-old conflict diplomatically.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Armored Russian troops have been sent across the border into eastern Ukraine, in the boldest move yet by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The recent move is seen by analysts as Russia's attempt to preserve the pro-Russian revolt in eastern Ukraine. The latest ... continue reading


AMAZING PHOTOS: Chinese man survives metal bar going through head - and lives! Watch

Image of Luck was with a 50-year-old Chinese man - an inch thick metal spear went straight though his head. The object narrowly missed his brain and left eye socket, and he's expected to recover fully.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Luck was with a 50-year-old Chinese man - an inch thick metal spear went straight though his head. The object narrowly missed his brain and left eye socket, and he's expected to recover fully. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Identified only as Mr. Ho, the ... continue reading


People of Hong Kong prepare to rebel against Beijing if their demands are not met - will it end in massacre, or democracy? Watch

Image of Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, demanding the right to elect the leader of the semi-autonomous region.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is set to hold a week-long session starting August 25, to discuss how Hong Kong will be able to pick its leader. If this does not go well however, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents have pledged an ... continue reading


CASTE SYSTEM AT WORST: India's 'night soil gatherers' collect human excrement Watch

Image of An overwhelming majority of manual scavengers are women, according to the U.N. They are still inextricably linked to cleaning human excrement.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Due to a brutal caste system, as well as being a nation tolerant of open defecation and dry, non-flush latrines, women born into a certain community are condemned to live out their lives scooping up human excrement out of toilets. Called "night soil gatherers, ... continue reading


Time to learn Chinese: Forget Microsoft, your next OS could be Chinese! Watch

Image of China is creating its own operating system after blacklisting Windows 8 from government computers over fears that the American operating system could provide avenues for intelligence agencies.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China's state-controlled Xinhua News Agency announced that China is developing their own operating system for desktop computers and mobile devices, citing U.S. surveillance as one of the key factors. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - China intends the new ... continue reading


WRONG ANALOGY? Cardinal outrages child sexual abuse victims - and truck drivers! Watch

Image of Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell said it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Australian survivors of clergy abuse are highly incensed by comments made by Cardinal George Pell. Speaking form the Vatican via video-link, Cardinal Pell gave an analogy which absolved the Catholic Church from culpability in past molestation cases. The ... continue reading


DIFFERENT FASHION SHOOT: Five Indian acid attack victims pose for photos Watch

Image of First published on Facebook page run by Stop Acid Attacks, an organization raising awareness about the plight of acid attack victims, the photos have since been featured extensively across the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Five female Indian acid attack victims gathered for a different sort of fashion shoot recently, in order to raise public awareness. The effect has been positive. "After the acid attack I never took photos," Rupa, one of the models said. "When the photos got ... continue reading


Man bites dog? Try man BITES SNAKE - and lives to tell the tale Watch

Image of Kraits are one of the four poisonous snakes which account for the most attacks in India where 50,000 people are killed by venomous bites annually.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They say when a man bites dog, its news. A man in India did that adage one better by biting a venomous blue krait snake, and managed to live to tell the tale. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A man in central India killed the snake by biting it after he saw ... continue reading


Pope Francis Gives Important Interview On His Return From the Apostolic Visit to Korea Watch

Image of This Prophetic Pope named Francis is known for shaking things up when he does his interviews with the Press upon returning from his beautiful and significant apostolic visits. Well, he just did it again.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Pope Francis is a refreshingly frank, charismatic and prophetic successor of the Apostle Peter. He stands in the trajectory of Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, and Benedict. He is a true gift to the Catholic Church, the entire Christian community, and the ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 2:1-5
1 Now when I came to you, brothers, I did not come ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
97 How I love your Law! I ponder it all day ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:16-30
16 He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 1st, 2014 Image

St. Giles, Abbot
September 1: St. Giles, Abbot (Patron of Physically Disabled) Feast day - ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter