‘MH370 was on autopilot as it flew over Indian Ocean’

Investigators have reviewed information in order to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres in the southern Indian Ocean.

By: Press Trust of India | Sydney | Updated: June 27, 2014 6:30 am
 The new priority area is still focused on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with a satellite. The new priority area is still focused on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with a satellite.

The missing Malaysian plane was “highly likely” to have been on autopilot as it flew over the Indian Ocean, Australian officials Thursday said, as they decided to focus further south to locate the plane that vanished mysteriously over three months back.

After analysing data between the plane and a satellite, officials believe Flight MH370 was on autopilot before it disappeared along with 239 people, including five Indians, on board on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.

“It is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on autopilot otherwise it could not have followed the orderly path that has been identified through the satellite sightings,” Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said.

“We are confident that the aircraft was operating on autopilot until it ran out of fuel,” Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which is leading the search, said.

Investigators have reviewed information in order to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean.

Truss said latest shift in the search area involves the efforts and expertise of specialists from around the world. He said experts have analysed satellite communications information which was never initially intended to have the capability to track an aircraft and performed extremely complex calculations.

The new priority area is still focused on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with a satellite. “We are now shifting our attention to an area further south along the arc ,” Truss said.

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    Chuck
    Jun 27, 2014 at 1:38 am
    My best guess is that this airplane decompressed rapidly. All on board asphyxiated/froze in short order. Plane continued to fly on autopilot. see Payne Stewart.
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      Obama is
      Jun 27, 2014 at 2:41 am
      Yhey just heard another ping!!!
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        Last Curmudgeon
        Jun 27, 2014 at 6:27 am
        the experts say it's highly likely. the headline says it absolutely was. not the same.
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          ThePar
          Jun 27, 2014 at 2:11 am
          This false flag is still going on?
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            krishna rao
            Jun 27, 2014 at 3:10 am
            MY view the plane would have landed in a mysterious place & the danger of it being in the control of some terror group can't be ruled out.
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              tanu
              Jun 27, 2014 at 4:11 am
              Ha ha ha den may be terrorist and the crew are establishing new country any unknown place in the world. No ways of terror attack terrorist would have claimed it. Its a tragedy that happened due to failure of technology.
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