There was no midair explosion detected in the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost radar contact, another sign that whoever was flying the plane found a way to slip far off course without immediate detection.
The latest information given by the U.S. Space Based Infrared satellite system, of SBIR, is yet another piece to the puzzling disappearance of the aircraft now gone for more than a week, according to NBC News
. It also lends support to the new theory that the disappearance was intentional.
An unidentified official told NBC News that SBIR has identified evidence of exploding aircraft and launch of anti-aircraft missiles in the past and given information to civilian investigators. The official told NBC News that the satellites did not find anything "to corroborate or indicate a midair explosion" where the jet lost contact on March 8.
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Jeffrey Richelson, an intelligence historian, told NBC News said the satellites were used in the disappearance of Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009 as well as real time the crashes numerous U.S. military aircrafts.
In the meantime, the search area – as well as theories into what happened to the airliner – continued to expand. Malaysian police told CNN Sunday that they were investigating a flight simulator taken from the home of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah
as scrutiny has turned to the pilots and its passengers. ()
The father of one passenger, Mohammed Khairul Amri Selamat, who works for a private jet charter company as a civil aviation engineer, told CNN he believes his son had nothing to with the disappearance.
"I am confident that he is not involved," he said to CNN. "They're welcome to investigate me and my family."
CNN reported that 25 countries are providing assistance in trying to search large areas in south Asia in hopes to find the airplane. Pakistan stated, according to CNN, that the plane never showed up on its radar and would have been treated as a threat if it had.
"There are still a few countries who have yet to respond to our request for a background check," Khalid Abu Bakar, inspector general of the Royal Malaysian Police Force, said, noted CNN. "But there are a few ... foreign intelligence agencies who have cleared all the(ir) passengers."
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