Despite the Malaysian government denying a Wall Street Journal report that the plane was transmitting data after the last transponder signal, CNN reports that US officials maintain that the information from the airplane’s data system was being actively pursued in the plane investigation.
Analysts from U.S. intelligence, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have concluded that pings sent to a satellite hours after the plane’s last transponder signal likely came from the missing aircraft, the senior U.S. official said.
“It appears the plane was flying most of that time,” the senior U.S. official said. The “indication” that the plane kept flying is not based on U.S. government information but rather based on radar readings and plane data.
There is reason to believe the plane flew for four hours, the officials said, but there is no specific indication where the plane actually is.
Multiple bursts of data were received indicating the plane was flying over the Indian Ocean, the senior U.S. official told CNN.