The Royal Malaysian Air Force searches for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Malacca straits yesterday.
WASHINGTON: A new search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean as authorities try to determine what happened to a missing Malaysian airliner, the White House said yesterday.
“It’s my understanding that based on some new information that’s not necessarily conclusive — but new information — an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean,” spokesman Jay Carney said. “We are consulting international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy.”
He did not specify the nature of the “new information.”
Earlier Malaysian officials denied reports that the aircraft had continued to send technical data and said there was no evidence it flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers early on Saturday after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.
The Wall Street Journal had reported that US aviation investigators and national security officials believed the Boeing 777 flew for five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from its engines as part of a standard monitoring program. Sources said neither Boeing nor Rolls-Royce had received any engine maintenance data from the jet after the point at which its pilots last made contact. Reuters