UPDATE: Officials dispute report that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 kept flying for hours

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(CNN) – Reports suggesting the missing Malaysia Airlines plane kept flying for four hours after its last reported contact are inaccurate, Malaysia’s acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Thursday.

The report earlier Thursday from the Wall Street Journal said U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials were basing their belief that the missing plane kept flying on data automatically transmitted to the ground from the passenger jet’s engines.

The newspaper attributed the information to two unidentified people who were “familiar with the details.”

By Jethro Mullen, CNN

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