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March 18th, 2014
09:17 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Conspiracy theories examined

CNN's has learned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Malaysian counterpart Monday night.

The two men not only talked about America's continued support but also transparency. Secretary Hagel pressed the Malaysian government to be forthcoming with the information they're gathering.

Meanwhile, we learned from Malaysian officials today that an initial search of the personal computers and email traffic belonging to the pilot and co-pilot found nothing to indicate the sudden deviation in the plane's route was pre-planned.

It is a slow drip of information that is spawning countless conspiracy theories about what happened to the jet.

One theory out there points to a U.S. military base on the Island Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about the theory and said he'll "rule that one out".

New theories about the missing Boeing 777 come with each passing day.

CNN's Erin Burnett fact checks each theory with Richard Quest, Jeff Wise, a private pilot, and an aviation journalist. Robert Goyer, a land and sea pilot and aviation journalist and Jim Tilmon a CNN Aviation Analyst.

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  1. Tamara

    Dear Erin,

    I was deeply disappointed to hear you'll be doing a program questioning the safety of Malaysia Airlines given all we know about MH370 is based on pure speculation. The world is trying to figure out this puzzle, why throw more confusion into the mix? I was in Malaysia just a week prior to the plane going missing (still have my ticket stub) and I had nothing short of a wonderful experience. I flew with them 3x. We Americans can learn a lot from this country. Yes, it had that type of impact on both my husband and I.

    Please don't destroy the tourism of this beautiful tiny place unless you plan to cover how safe North American carriers are as well.

    March 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply

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