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As the mystery surrounding missing Flight 370 approaches the one week mark, and with new theories and fresh information seemingly on the hour, Thursday evening saw "Piers Morgan Live" welcome a wide-ranging collection of guests, each tasked with offering their own brand of insight and perspective.
Just moments into the one-hour primetime program, Piers Morgan welcomed his first interview subject – Barbara Starr – who joined the program live from Washington with fresh information.
"There is a strong likelihood that the flight is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean," said CNN's Pentagon corespondent, sourcing the information to "a Senior U.S. official."
According to Starr, during the course of the last day the Malaysians have released information containing "key data" that puts the missing aircraft over the Indian Ocean, between four and five hours off course. In evaluating satellite information, and specific audio frequencies, the United States has formed their current working theory.
"These pings match the air frame, the type of engines that was on this flight, and there is no correlating transponder information," Starr explained. "As we know now, the transponder for some reason turned off, was turned off, stopped working. So they have a flight out over the Indian Ocean, correlates to this exact type of airplane, with no transponder. They believe that's where the flight has come to rest."
While additional contradictory theories suggest the plane may have been hijacked, and even landed, Starr allowed that at present there are far more questions than answers.
"Was it a deliberate act? Was it sabotage? Was it espionage," she rattled off rhetorically. "Nobody at the moment really knows the answer to that. Because they have no definitive intelligence or information that leads them to believe it was an act of terrorism, sabotage, a deliberate act, pilot suicide, any of these theories we've all heard for the last several days. What they do have is data, information now, technical, highly technical data, that tells them the likely path of the plane."
According to the Emmy Award winner with a quarter century's worth of experience covering issues of defense and security, for the time being the actual evidence trumps any theorizing or speculation.
"There is also a very key radar blip, if you will, from the Malaysians that show the plane turning around. Instead of heading to China, it's heading off the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. That was one of their first indications," she noted. "Now they have the correlating other satellite data. So they're beginning to put the clues together, beginning to put the pieces together. All of this leaving them now to turn their attention to the Indian Ocean."
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