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Missing Airplane Flew On for Hours

Engine Data Suggest Malaysia Flight Was Airborne Long After Radar Disappearance, U.S. Investigators Say

U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.

Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co. BA 777's engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program.

WSJ has confirmed that the pilot had the ability to manually turn off the transponder on Flight MH370. A mid-air catastrophe could have destroyed it. Why is the transponder so significant? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.

That raises a host of new questions and possibilities about what ha…

Satellite looking into missing Malaysia flight detects 'suspected crash area'

(CNN) -- A Chinese satellite probing the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 "observed a suspected crash area at sea," a Chinese government agency said -- a potentially pivotal lead into what thus far has been a frustrating, fruitless search.

China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were "three suspected floating objects."

The objects aren't small: 13 by 18 meters (43 by 59 feet), 14 by 19 meters (46 by 62 feet) and 24 by 22 meters (79 feet by 72 feet). For reference, the wingspan of an intact Boeing 777-200ER like the one that disappeared is about 61 meters (200 feet) and its overall length is about 64 meters (210 feet).

The images were captured around 11 a.m. on March 9 -- which was the day after the plane went missing -- but weren't released until Wednesday.

The Chinese agency gave coordinates of 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north la…

Malaysia Airlines MH370: China in new 'debris' clue

PreviousLatestHow planes are trackedAir mysteriesWhat we knowRelatives' agonyPassport fraudVideo reportsNext Chinese officials suggest the images may show pieces of wreckage MH370 mysteryWhat we knowSearch logisticsPassport fraudThe passengers Satellite images of possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been released on a Chinese government website. The three images show what appear to be large, floating objects in the South China Sea. Previous sightings of possible debris have proved fruitless.

Satelit China temui ‘kawasan disyaki’ MH370 terhempas

Satelit China yang mencari pesawat Malaysia Airlines 370 yang hilang pada Sabtu menemui “kawasan disyaki pesawat terhempas”, lapor CNN memetik agensi kerajaan China, berkemungkinan menjadi petunjuk baru dalam misi mencari dan menyelamat hari keenam ini.

Jabatan Sains, Teknologi dan Industri untuk Kementerian Pertahanan China mengumumkan penemuan itu termasuk imej yang dikatakan "tiga objek disyaki terapung dan saiz mereka."

Objek ditemui statelit tidak kecil: 13 x 18 meter (43 x 59 kaki), 14 x 19 meter (46 x 62 kaki) dan 24 x 22 meter (79 kaki x 72 kaki).

Sebagai rujukan, lebar sayap Boeing 777-200ER yang hilang adalah kira-kira 61 meter (200 kaki) dan panjang keseluruhannya adalah kira-kira 64 meter (210 kaki).

Imej-imej diambil pada 9 Mac, sehari selepas pesawat hilang - tetapi tidak didedahkan sehingga awal pagi ini.

Agensi China memberikan koordinat longitud timur 105,63, 6.7 latitud utara, yang akan meletakkannya di perairan timur laut di mana ia berlepas dari Kuala Lumpur, …