Transcript for Could Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Have Landed on a Tiny Island?
airplane for hours, could it have reached land? And if so, where? ABC's bob woodruff is in Malaysia with the possibilities and the map. Reporter: Could the plane have soared straight past where they are searching in the ocean? Crashing on dry land? Or even landing safely? The closest island to the possible path is here, pulau park. But it is a tiny landing spot. Further out, we reach a group of nearly 600 tiny islands and rocks. Some spectacular with tourists. But only 37 of the islands are actually inhabited. The others are full of dense forest, but isolated. Beyond that, the vast Indian ocean. But if the plane was flying for four or five hours, widen out the lens. And you see the plane could have reached as far as the jungles of Thailand, Myanmar, even the eastern coast of India. The plane had plenty of fuel to reach those locations. And experts say, here in this remote part of the world, there are spots where radar doesn't reach. Rescue operations are in full force. But many are wondering, if that plane was traveling for hours from here, would some of the search be shifting in that direction. Maybe even scouring the land? That, Diane, is a very big question. I want to bring in ABC's aviation expert, Steve ganyard. This is an incredible breakthrough tonight. Incredible news. Incredible turn of events just from what we knew yesterday. Yesterday, we knew nothing past that 49-minute mark. Today, we're pretty sure that what happened was two switches were pulled in that cockpit. And you say were pulled. That suggests deliberate. Deliberate. What kind of deliberate acts? Maybe it was a hijack. Maybe it was pilot suicide. Maybe there was a plan to do something with it. But all of the things catastrophic kinds of things, we're leaning more towards something the pilots or one of the pilots did, that involves something catastrophic. What the deliberate act might be, still to be determined. And again, it went on for four hours. Four hours. That's the other big news of the day. We thought this airplane should have crashed at the 49-minute mark. We now know it flew for four to five hours. Think about how far that airplane could have gone in four to five hours. And we know this from some U.S. Capability, I'm assuming. Does this mean that we also know, pretty much, exactly where the plane is? Unfortunately not. The data that apparently is coming out, just said that the plane was air born. All we know, is this plane was flying. It could be anywhere between 2,000, 2,500 miles. Is it possible, as bob was reporting, is it possible that this plane could have landed some place and we have no idea where they are? It's possible. But that would be a stretch. Following a new twist in the clues tonight. As you said, what a difference a day makes in this story. Thank you, Steve. And the entire ABC news team
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