KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein dismissed as "inaccurate" Thursday a report from The Wall Street Journal that claimed, based on engine data, that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have flown on for four hours following its last communication with air traffic control.
Hishammuddin acknowledged that it is possible that the plane continued flying for a period of time but said his government had contacted Rolls Royce and Boeing and both said the last engine data was received before the plane lost contact.
Hishammuddin said that both Rolls Royce and Boeing said the WSJ report was wrong.
In another dramatic twist in the search-and-rescue mission that is now into its sixth day, Hishammuddin said that satellite images released by China Wednesday are not debris from the plane, and that they were released by mistake.
The images captured by Chinese satellites, taken Sunday, were said to potentially show three fragments in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, in an area near MH370's intended flight path. Hishammuddin said those images were released by mistake.
Flight MH370, bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, went missing on Saturday morning local time with 239 passengers and crew on board.
Kim Hjelmgaard reported from London.