On Thursday, March. 13.,The Wall Street Journal released a report claiming that “U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for up to four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location.” Malaysian Airlines authorities quickly responded in a press statement saying “those reports are inaccurate.”
Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said “the last transmission of data from Flight 370 came before the plane's signal disappeared from radar and communications with the crew were lost, indicating that everything was normal," further adding that Rolls Royce and Boeing also claim WSJ’s reports are not accurate, "As far as Rolls Royce and Boeing are concerned, those reports are inaccurate," said Hussein.
Rolls Royce, the makers of the Boeing’s 777 engines have refused to comment on the WSJ report.
The report has raised the concerns of U.S. officials who question whether the plane was purposely steered off course, “with the intention of using it later for another purpose,” which seems to infer that the plane may have been hijacked for the purpose of committing an act of terrorism -- however, the question remains; if the plane has been hijacked, why would the hijackers wait over 6 days to claim responsibility for the plane’s disappearance?
Since the disappearance of flight 370 on Saturday, March. 8., conflicting reports and several speculative theories have continued, but have all led to dead ends providing no solid leads. As the search for the missing plane progresses, theories have ranged from hijacking, to the plane crashing into the South China Sea, or landing in an unknown location. Conspiracy theorists have also chimed in suggesting the possibility of the plane being abducted by a UFO. All such theories have gone unproven.
Meanwhile family members of those on-board flight 370 have gone from grief to frustration, as they wait nervously for information regarding their loved ones. One family member, Hu Xianquan waits anxiously for news of her husband, Mao Tugui, saying, "No one really updates us.”