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March 20th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

The autopilot theory: Could Flight 370 have flown itself until fuel ran out?

(CNN) – Why would missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 turn off course, and then, at least according to satellite pings, continue on for hours?

One theory gaining credence among experts is that there could have been a fire that disabled the pilots and knocked out electrical systems, but also allowed the plane to continue flying on autopilot, without anyone manning the controls until it just ran out of fuel.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.

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