Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 transmitted its location repeatedly to satellites in the space of five hours after it disappeared, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
It said MH370 sent a series of “pings” about its speed and altitude, the paper quoted people briefed on the matter as saying.
This comes as the search for the missing jet expanded to the Indian Ocean today.
The paper added that “the final ping was sent from over water, at what one of these people called a normal cruising altitude”. No one could explain why the final pings stopped.
The people, who included a military official, the industry official and others, declined to say what specific path the transmissions revealed.
The unaccountable four hours of possible flying time necessitated the search and rescue operations to expand their coverage to cover the Indian Ocean, too.
The US was moving the USS Kidd destroyer northwest through the Strait of Malacca towards the Indian Ocean, to an area recently searched by US surveillance aircraft, P-3C Orion, which can cover up to 3,800 square kilometres every hour.
Meanwhile CNN reported that according to a senior US source, they were deploying their assets to the Indian Ocean because they were getting indications from the Malaysian government, although the Malaysian government was not making the details public.
CNN also said that a senior US official said that there was a significant likelihood that the plane is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. – March 14, 2014.