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Originally Posted by Pelegrin
Looks like it Did continue and transponder shut off was intentional.
India Looking for Malaysian Jet as U.S. Sees Air Piracy
India Looking for Malaysian Jet as U.S. Sees Air Piracy - Bloomberg
By Alan Levin, Kartikay Mehrotra and Anurag Kotoky
Mar 13, 2014 6:30 PM ET
"India’s navy set up a search zone for the missing Malaysian airliner in the Andaman Sea, hundreds of miles off the course of Flight 370, as evidence mounted that the plane may have flown long after controllers lost contact.
Aviation investigators are compiling signs the Boeing Co. 777-200 veered off its route and traveled west over Malaysia, beyond the limits of the country’s radars, according to two people who asked not to be identified with the probe active.
A satellite transmitter on the plane was active for about 5 hours, indicating the plane was operational after its transponder shut down less than an hour after takeoff, said three U.S. government officials. The 777 can cruise at 500 miles (805 kilometers) an hour or more, meaning it may have flown for as 2,500 miles beyond its last point of contact if it was intact and had enough fuel.
Inmarsat Plc (ISAT), the London-based satellite operator, picked up “routine, automated signals” from Flight 370, according to a statement e-mailed by Jonathan Sinnatt, a spokesman. He declined to elaborate. Inmarsat shared its information with SITA, the main carrier in that region for land- and satellite-based message traffic between aircraft and ground personnel. SITA in turn shared the data with Malaysian Airlines, he said."..."
In a separate Note, MSNBC says China claimed it released it's Satelite photos by Mistake.