Malaysian Officials Deny Reports That Plane May Have Kept Flying After Last Communication


UPDATED: Thursday March 13, 2014 10:47 AM

Malaysia's defense minister is denying reports that engine data from the missing Malaysian jetliner indicated it may have kept flying after its last communication.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that based on the data, the plane continued to fly for four hours after it lost contact.

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"I would like to refer to news reports suggesting that he aircraft may have continued flying for some time after last contact. As Malaysian airlines will confirm shortly, those reports are inaccurate," said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysia Civil Aviation Department.
    
Meanwhile, nearly every navy with a presence in Southeast Asia is involved in the extensive search for the Boeing 777 that disappeared Saturday while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 on board.
    
They've still found no signs of the plane. Objects spotted off of the southern tip of Vietnam proved to be not related to the missing plane.

Malaysia Air will not use flight number 370 after Friday as a mark of respect for the tragedy.

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