1.17 pm: India to deploy ships, choppers and aircraft to search for missing jet
India’s defense ministry instructed the joint command on the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Thursday to deploy ships, aircraft and helicopters to search for a missing Malaysian airliner, a command spokesman Harmeet Singh told Reuters.
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The armed forces will hold a meeting on Thursday evening to decide how to coordinate their search efforts with other countries, after which they will make deployments, a senior command officer said.
11.00 am: Plane may have continued flying for four hours after it went missing: US investigators
In another bizarre twist to the mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, US investigators are now reportedly saying that the plane may have flown for over four hours after it disappeared off the radar, raising fresh speculation about what could have happened to the flight.
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 -0.99% 777’s engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program.
That raises a host of new questions and possibilities about what happened aboard the widebody jet carrying 239 people, which vanished from civilian air-traffic control radar over the weekend, about one hour into a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
The report adds that while Malaysian authorities have refused to comment on the new data, that “the huge uncertainty about where the plane was headed, and why it apparently continued flying so long without working transponders, has raised theories among investigators that the aircraft may have been commandeered for a reason that appears unclear to U.S. authorities”
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