After search crews failed to find any trace of debris suggested by Chinese satellite photographs, Malaysian officials on Thursday said there was no evidence to back a newspaper report suggesting the plane may have kept flying for four hours after its last reported contact.
Investigators are actively pursuing the notion that the plane was diverted 'with the intention of using it later for another purpose.'
Six days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared there are new reports the plane could be *thousands of miles* from the original area of concern.
Could a computer attached to the plane hold the clues?
The search, now spanning more than 35,000 square miles as the White House considers a deployment of more assets to aid in the efforts.
The ongoing international search by air, and by sea for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight and its 239 passengers and crew, now spanning more than 35,000 miles.
The United States, working closely with Malaysian partners to find the plane. U.S. Navy assets have been assigned to search an area in between Malaysia and Singapore.
Nasa has asked its scientists to look at satellite data that comes into the space agency and amateurs, trying to do what they can -- poring over high-res satellite images, available to them online.
"I think when you see those families and the uncertainty they're dealing with, you'd like to help in some small way if you could," said Josh Calder, a TOMNOD user.
The Wall Street Journal reports satellites that report information from the plane's "onboard systems" were sending out signals for about 4 hours after the flight's last known contact with air traffic control.
A jet of this kind can fly more than 500 miles-an-hour.
Malaysian authorities dispute the report and say they've discussed it with the manufacturers of the plane and its engine.
"As far as Rolls Royce and Boeing are concerned, those reports are inaccurate," said Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
At the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney, responding to reports that the plane could be in a place, it was never supposed to be the Indian Ocean.
"It's my understanding that based on some new information that's not necessarily conclusive, but new information, an additional search area may be open in the Indian Ocean and we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy," Carney said.
One jarring portion of the Wall Street Journal report, points to unnamed U.S. National Security source, who said (quote) "officials were told investigators are actively pursuing the notion that the plane was diverted 'with the intention of using it later for another purpose.'"