May 1st, 2014
09:55 PM ET

Report: 4-hour gap before search for Flight 370 began

After 56 days, finally, the Malaysians released a report on what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

MH370 report: Mixed messages ate up time before official search initiated

The preliminary report shows the plane was missing for 17 minutes before anyone on the ground noticed. And the aircraft flew for four hours before the official search began.

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CNN's Richard Quest reports on the long period of time when the plane vanished from radar to when the official search began.

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  1. charles epperson

    It's hard to believe that the Malaysian Officials would tell the world that Air Traffic Control had communications with Flt 370 all the time. But, nobody knew it until the report came out last night. When ATC was notified that Flt 370 was not in Thailand as it said it was, Thailand, Viet Nam and Malaysia should have triangulated that aircraft's position. I have a question for Miles O'Brien. Rolls Royce has something attached to all plane that use Rolls Royce engines, that sends data directly to its headquarter every 30 minutes. What happens when the information fails to be sent to them?

    May 2, 2014 at 11:00 am | Reply
  2. Collin LaMey

    Look I have been following this case from the get go and I believe this mystery is unorthdox. When that plane was handed off from The Malaysian ATC to the Vietnamese ATC something immediately happened and both countries were hoping that everything was OK. The problem is with Malaysia. Their radar spotted the plane falling like 24000ft and did not investigate so all we are left with is speculation. The transponders could have been turned off or it could have been disabled by an electrical shortage – nobody know what happened. I personally dont believe The INMARSAT data is acurate. Maybe the plane was shot down because The various Governments were trying to make contact and could not so they could not ascertain whether it was a 9-11 type threat. MAYBE THE PLANE LANDED SOMEWHERE. THEN AGAIN maybe it's in The Bay of Bengal. Nobody know.

    May 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Reply

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