US Officials Believe Missing Flight #MH370 FLEW FOR 5 HOURS – Communications Shut Down Intentionally
Jetliner ‘Pinged’ Satellites With Location, Altitude for Hours After Disappearance
** US investigators believe the aircraft flew for five hours after the transponders stopped functioning
** Three automated tracking features were turned off during the flight
** The transponder was shut down at 1:21 AM
** The belief is that this was intentional
** The USS Kidd is traveling to the Indian Ocean to search for remnants of the flight
** US officials are looking into information that the plane was diverted to a private location for use later
Megyn Kelly led off her show The Kelly File tonight with this breaking news:
Investigators believe the plane was sending signals for up to five hours.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
The investigators believe the plane flew for a total of up to five hours, according to these people, based on analysis of signals sent by the Boeing 777’s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of certain onboard systems to the ground.
Throughout the roughly four hours after the jet dropped from civilian radar screens, these people said, the link operated in a kind of standby mode and sought to establish contact with a satellite or satellites. These transmissions did not include data, they said, but the periodic contacts indicate to investigators that the plane was still intact and believed to be flying.
Investigators are still working to fully understand the information, according to one person briefed on the matter. The transmissions, this person said, were comparable to the plane “saying I’m here, I’m ready to send data.”
Investigators are trying to determine, among other things, whether the plane may have landed in an unknown location at some point during the period under scrutiny, these people said.
The plane could have reached Pakistan in four hours.