Rolls-Royce May Hold Crucial Key in Malaysia Flight 370’s Disappearance
With the search for the missing Malaysia Flight 370 still tirelessly being pursued by officials, new reports from the Wall Street Journal suggest that the missing aircraft was in the air hours longer than originally reported. Officially, last contact was at 1:30AM, but U.S. officials suggest that the plane's engine continued to run for another four hours, now resulting in the expanded search areas to parts of China, including its destination, Beijing. This breaking new report comes six days after the plane's disappearance, along with the disappearance of its 239 passengers. After Chinese government officials discovered what they believed to be debris in the water a few days ago, search parties yielded no results.
But one crucial piece of information may be held by the plane's engine manufacturers, Rolls-Royce. According to WSJ, the engine onboard monitoring system aboard the aircraft would periodically send live bursts of information back to Rolls-Royce for analyzation– about every 30 minutes.
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Information regarding health, operations, movement, altitude and speed could all be in the hands of Rolls-Royce.
“We continue to monitor the situation and to offer Malaysia Airlines our support,” a representative from Rolls-Royce told reporters, neglecting to provide further information.
Malaysian officials are denying these claims made by the U.S., saying that Rolls-Royce's last engine transmission went dark at 1:07AM. As it sits, Rolls’ information is being kept out of the hands of the media, and will be “strictly handled by investigators.”
This information could prove key in determining the exact location of flight 370.
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