MH370 search expands as far as Indian Ocean

Plane was “pinging” satellites for hours after last contact

As inconclusive evidence emerged that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have continued to send signals to satellites for up to five hours after its apparent disappearance, the US has sent further search teams to the Indian Ocean.

Unnamed officials say that the plane was “pinging” satellites for hours after its last contact. This means that the plane could have travelled more than 1,600km beyond this last radar contact.

Almost a week has now passed since the aircraft, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, vanished with no distress signals sent. No trace of the aircraft has been found. It last made contact with air traffic control over the South China Sea.

After many false leads, the most recent claims are being taken seriously by the US, one of several countries assisting in the search. It has sent a navy destroyer and a sophisticated surveillance aircraft to the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles west of Malaysia, the BBC reports. India’s navy, air force and coast guard are also helping.


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