Report that missing plane flew for hours ‘inaccurate’
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing since Saturday. While authorities are trying to figure out how a plane containing 239 passengers disappears, they’ve been coming up with more dead ends than leads.
Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein dismissed as “inaccurate” Thursday a report that claimed, based on engine data, that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have flown for four hours following its last communication with air-traffic control.
Hishammuddin acknowledged that it is possible that the plane continued flying for a period of time but said a report in the Wall Street Journal stating that engine data from the jetliner continued to transmit information even after the plane lost contact with airport authorities was not correct.
However, he said, “We have not ruled out the possibility that it has flown on.”
The last data transmitted for the plane’s engines was received at 1:07 a.m. Saturday, the day the plane vanished. The signals indicated that everything was operating normally.
Investigators discovered that two passengers listed in the plane’s radar were not on the aircraft. Their passports were recently stolen and those who took them are believed to have flown in their place.
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