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Missing Malaysian plane may crash in one of two paths: media

2014-03-15 08:54 China Daily Web Editor: Mo Hong'e

A classified analysis of electronic and satellite data, conducted by the United States and Malaysian governments, calculates that the missing Malaysia airplane Flight 370 likely crashed either in the Indian Ocean, or in the Bay of Bengal, according to a CNN report on Friday.  [Special coverage]

One flight path suggests the plane may have crashed into the Bay of Bengal off the coast of India, and the other it traveled southeast and crashed in the Indian Ocean, according to the analysis.

Yet another theory is taking shape about what might have happened to the missing plane: Maybe it landed in a remote Indian Ocean island chain, the report said.

The theory based on analysis of radar data revealed Friday by Reuters suggesting that the plane wasn't just blindly flying northwest from Malaysia, the report said, adding that it's just one of untold theories floating around about what might have happened to the airliner.

Meanwhile, a US Navy vessel and a surveillance aircraft have been en route to an expanded search area for the missing plane, including the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal Friday.

"At Malaysia's request, the USS Kidd is north of the Strait of Malacca, in what we are calling the western search area," said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren on Friday.

Warren said the western search area includes the Andaman Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the northern portion of the Indian Ocean. " So it's a very large search area," he said.

The Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard was flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it lost contact with the ground early last Saturday.

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