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Some U.S. officials believe missing Malaysia flight 370 in Indian Ocean

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - U.S. officials are now saying there is a significant likelihood that missing Malaysia flight 370 is on the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

Investigators say new data indicates the missing airplane could have flown for several hours beyond the last transmission.

Malaysian authorities believe they have several pings from the airliner's service data system four to five hours after the last given signal.

That information, combined with radar and fuel range data leads officials to believe the plane may have made it to the Indian Ocean--the opposite direction of the plane's original route.

Aviation analyst John Nance believes someone was pulling circuit breakers.

"This had to have been some sort of deliberate act, because the problem is if you had a catastrophic failure that was even systematically shutting down the electric, you probably would not have that length of time between them," he said.

Two unnamed U.S. officials say two separate communication systems on the missing plane were shut down at two different times.

The information marks another twist in the ongoing mystery baffling aviation experts.