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US Officials: Missing Malaysian Plane May Have Crashed Into Indian Ocean

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP)
White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP)
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U.S. officials say the missing Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board may have crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Flight 370 disappeared one week ago and investigators have yet to find any firm evidence of what happened. Theories include piracy and a catastrophic mechanical failure.

The U.S. officials tell American broadcast networks they have indications the jet is in the Indian Ocean, far west of its intended flight path.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United States may expand its search into the ocean because of what he calls "new information." He did not elaborate.

Watch related video by VOA's Carolyn Presutti

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March 14, 2014 4:08 AM
The Malaysian government is still leading the search for the missing flight MH370, but the U.S. government’s role is increasing. The White House indicates the U.S. Navy might begin searching a wide area of the Indian Ocean. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Friday "circumstances" already have expanded the search into the Indian Ocean. He also said investigators are looking at remote parts of the South China Sea.
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Indian military aircraft have also flown over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands -- more than 500 mostly uninhabited, heavily forested land masses.

Investigators believe the plane may have flown for several hours after disappearing from radar. They say the jet was sending electronic pings to a communications satellite.

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The Boeing 777 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared.

Sixty ships and 50 planes from 13 countries are involved in the search.

About two-thirds of the people on board were Chinese. Other passengers included Europeans and Americans.

  • A family member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 talks to reporters in a hotel in Beijing, March 14, 2014.
  • Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves after Friday prayers that included special prayers for passengers of flight MH370 at a mosque near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, March 14, 2014.
  • Malaysia's Minister of Transport Hishamuddin Hussein, center, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, left and Malaysia Airlines Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, right, at a press conference in Sepang, March 14, 2014.
  • A Vietnamese Air Force colonel uses binoculars on board a flying aircraft during a mission to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Gulf of Thailand, March 13, 2014.
  • A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane watches TV as she waits for the latest news in a hotel room in Beijing, China, March 13, 2014.
  • Students light candles to express hope and solidarity for the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, Manila, Philippines, March 13, 2014.
  • Children read messages and well wishes for all involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370 on the walls of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, March 13, 2014.
  • A Vietnam Air Force aircraft AN-26 flies over Con Dao island during a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, March 12, 2014.
  • Vietnamese military personnel take part in the search for a missing Malaysian airliner off Vietnam's Tho Chu island, March 10, 2014.
  • A child reacts to the camera as others light candles during a vigil for missing Malaysia Airlines passengers at the Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, March 10, 2014.
  • An officer stands guard near Vietnam aircraft before a mission to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at Phu Quoc Airport on Phu Quoc Island, March 10, 2014.

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by: Anonymous
March 17, 2014 3:58 AM
no debris no crash hijack and the authorities know that


by: Cathy from: USA
March 16, 2014 5:38 PM
David, although this is a good theory it still doesn't explain the manual disconnection of the transponder and other satellite equipment. Your thoughts?


by: j. akhand from: us
March 16, 2014 4:10 PM
In bangladesh newspaper about tweenty dead body floating in the bay of bengal may be frm indian occan from the malayasian air craft.

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by: Leah from: United States
March 21, 2014 5:55 PM
I never heard about any floating bodies anywhere!!???


by: srinivas from: riyadh
March 16, 2014 1:55 PM
It is very sad may god keep them in safe


by: Jack
March 16, 2014 2:09 AM
The airline industry will have to undergo a total rethink of airline security measures as this case has now proven that the systems in place are inadequate and this includes aircraft flight crews.


by: emil pardilov from: Brooklyn, N.Y
March 15, 2014 8:50 AM
I guess Bermuda triangle is true

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by: Leah from: United States
March 21, 2014 6:22 PM
I thought the same thing..... The comments on Fox news, a lady spoke about Mark Twain and his adventures across the Indian ocean and how his compass when in all different directions and how strange things happened, she told of the strange things, but also how Twain was scared, and afraid. How there was stillness, no wind to cast sale from this dark place. So, maybe there is a place, a true Bermuda Triangle, a strange place that no one returns and there is no more existence for those that are pulled in. Or, perhaps the ones who disappear into this place of great wonder. I try to always think positive and have hope when there's a great tragedy.


by: Abel Ogah from: OJU Nigeria
March 15, 2014 4:23 AM
MH370, Let your Black box turn to White box so that it can be spotted. The entire World await your response.


by: andrew from: Miami
March 15, 2014 1:28 AM
Iran supplies 40 percent of China fuel needs. No Iranian terrorist will attack mostly Chinese passengers. Iranians with foreign stolen passports is a "red getting" in a CIA plot


by: mukiri-julius from: meru-kenya
March 15, 2014 12:08 AM
its-agonising-wait-for-families-lets-all-pray-4them

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by: Leah from: United States
March 21, 2014 6:29 PM
I agree...... prayer is needed more than anything else. It will be key in this tragedy, and help those that have lost their loved ones on the 777 flight.


by: David from: USA
March 14, 2014 11:18 PM
My belief is decompression. The pilots would have attempted to decrease altitude and divert to the closest place they could land. The pilots lost consciousness and the autopilot took control. The plane then flew until it ran out of fuel and crashed with everyone on board dead or unconscious. I hope that I am wrong and it was piracy and they are all still alive.
I have posted this on other forums.

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by: Tyler from: Usa
March 16, 2014 5:40 PM
They confirmed 2 Iranians with forged passports

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