Poor Coordination Delayed MH370 Search Area Shift: Report

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Poor coordination among international investigators hunting for missing Flight MH370 may have led to days of searches in an area hundreds of miles from where investigators now believe the plane is likely to have crashed, according to a report Tuesday.

Calculations of the Boeing 777’s likely flight path, speed and fuel consumption were made by separate teams but there was a delay in bringing the two investigative threads together, the Wall Street Journal reported. It cited sources familiar with the matter.

The failure to coordinate the two processes “raises questions about the flow of information among the many participants in the multinational probe,” the newspaper said.

NBC News was not immediately able to verify the report.

Calculations by British satellite firm Immarsat were based on an assumed speed of 400 to 450 knots, the WSJ said, but a concurrent investigation involving Boeing and the NTSB concluded the plane was likely to have flown faster, burning more fuel and crashing closer to Australia.

- Alastair Jamieson