U.S. Says Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 May Have Crashed in Indian Ocean

malaysia airlinesABC News is reporting that U.S. officials have an "indication" that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have crashed in the Indian Ocean. The U.S. Navy is sending the U.S.S. Kidd to the area to begin searching.

A senior Pentagon official reportedly told the television network that it will take another 24 hours to move the ship into position. Agents may read the full ABC News article here: http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-officials-malaysia-airline-crashed-indian-ocean/story?id=22894802

ABC News said the official told them that there were indications that the plane, which had 239 passengers and crew onboard, flew four or five hours after disappearing from radar and that they believe it went into the water.

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Just a few hours earlier, Malaysian officials confirmed it had extended the search area into te Andaman Sea and said the new U.S. information has given them a reason to keep searching along Malaysia's western coast. The government of Malaysia also asked India for help in widening the search.

Officials said previous satellite images from China that showed what appeared to be wreckage in the South China Sea was investigated. However, it was determined that debris spotted was not from the plane and the area was searched with no sign of the aircraft. .

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said his government was working very closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board on the issue of a possible air turn-back of the flight over the South China Sea.

He also said it's possible that the aircraft kept flying even after dropping off radar.

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