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June 26th, 2014
08:26 PM ET

Officials: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on autopilot when it crashed

There are new developments in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Officials have finally released key information about what happened the night that Boeing 777 vanished.

They say the jet was likely on autopilot for at least five hours, while the crew may have been unconscious, possibly from a lack of oxygen.

Australia: MH370 likely on autopilot with unresponsive crew in flight's final stage

They also suggest the plane eventually ran out of fuel before spiraling into the ocean.

These new details have led authorities to a massive new search area. It's farther south and much larger than the previous search zone.

It's about 23,000 square miles, roughly the size of West Virginia.

Outfront, Richard Quest and CNN aviation analysts Arthur Rosenberg and Miles O'Brien.

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  1. Clark, Cordell

    The key to finding Malaysia Flt. MH370 is with the information that Rolls Royce should have regarding this particular flight. Rolls Royce is the manufacturer of the $20 million dollar Trent type engines that are present on the Boeing 777, and these engines have sensors embedded in them that are monitored by satellites. Rolls Royce has stated that their in performance engine monitoring ceased when other communication (ACARS, radar) stopped although the satellites were working normally. This may be the result of problems with a large consignment of Lithium batteries that the plane was carrying. Lithium is very unstable and most airline companies refuse to ship these batteries. Airplane crashes have resulted due to Lithium fumes leading to explosions and fires. Malaysia Airlines is one of the few companies that will ship Lithium and this flight was carrying 450 lbs. of the batteries. If there was a fire caused by these batteries, onboard extinguishers would have been ineffective. This unlikely scenario would explain why Rolls Royce could no longer monitor engine performance via engine sensors.

    June 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  2. DownSideofFame

    Erin see....now the new search area is the area we told u about three months ago...foretold inadvance
    Erin we would like to share the information we have...contracts24@yahoo.com

    June 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply

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