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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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March 13th, 2014
06:50 PM ET

Former FBI official: Given new information, terrorism should be revisited for missing Malaysia flight

(CNN) – New information indicates missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could have flown for several hours beyond the last transponder reading, U.S. officials tell CNN.

Multiple bursts of data were received indicating the plane was flying over the Indian Ocean, the senior U.S. official told CNN.

But there's another confusing twist. An emergency beacon that would have sent data if the plane was about to impact the ocean apparently did not go off, the official said, suggesting perhaps the plane was still likely in some stable flight pattern when it disappeared.

To former FBI assistant director James Kallstrom, the new, conflicting data is starting to look suspicious.
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March 13th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Remembering the passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

(CNN) – 239 souls, including 12 crew and 2 infants, boarded Maylasia Airlines Flight 370.

As investigators try to solve the baffling mystery of the plane's disappearance, there is the risk of not paying enough attention to the tragedy behind it all – the possible loss of human lives.

Friends tell of fears as hopes dim for passengers on Malaysia Flight 370

Philip Wood, an IBM executive, was a father of two.
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March 13th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Are cultural challenges impeding search for missing Malaysia plane?

(CNN) – Adding to the complexities in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are the layers upon layers of confusing and conflicting information being doled out by Malaysian investigators.
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March 13th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Is missing Malaysia plane still sending signals?

(CNN) – Inside the cockpit of a Boeing 777, there are multiple ways pilots communicate with the ground. There is a system called ACARS, which automatically beams down information about the health of the plane.

Until Thursday, the last transmission from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was believed to be at 1:07 a.m. local time. Now, there is word the plane may have been transmitting data hours beyond that.
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March 13th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Retired pilot: Time between last transmission and loss of transponder 'troubling'

(CNN) – The last known transmission from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a simple, "All right, good night." Shortly after, the plane's transponder stopped sending signals.

Aviation expert and former commercial pilot Jim Tilmon is "troubled" by that timeline.

"The last known transmission from the cockpit was stated without any emotion, or without any indication that anything was wrong. And moments later, literally moments later, the transponders went off the line," said Tilmon.
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