MH370 Data Suggests Indian Ocean Crash

    Crew member Koji Kubota of the Japan Coast Guard looks out an observation window aboard the Japan Coast Guard Gulfstream V aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 1, 2014. The last words from the cockpit of a missing Malaysian jet were a standard "Good night Malaysian three seven zero", Malaysian authorities said, changing their account of the critical last communication from a more casual "All right, good night". Malaysia on Tuesday released the full transcript of communications between the Boeing 777 and local air traffic control before it dropped from civilian radar in the early hours of March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.    REUTERS/Paul Kane/Pool (MID-SEA - Tags: MILITARY TRANSPORT POLITICS DISASTER) - RTR3JHRD

    Pool photo by Paul Kane

    On Tuesday, the Malaysian government and Inmarsat released previously unpublicized raw satellite-transmission data to the families of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s victims and the media. The newly released information suggests that the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean as it was heading south. Its final satellite transmission was “consistent with satellite communication equipment on the aircraft powering up following a power interruption,” the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a separate statement after reviewing the data, adding, “The interruption in electrical supply may have been caused by fuel exhaustion.” The data seems to confirm that the plane’s wreckage is somewhere very far off the western coast of Australia. The ocean floor mapping of the region will take at least three months. MH370 disappeared on March 8, carrying 239 people.

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