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Malaysian Plane

Cell Tower Could Be the Key

In Mysterious Disappearance

3/13/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


A cell tower in Kota Bharu could be the missing puzzle piece in the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 last weekend.

There's a theory ... the aircraft doubled back over Malaysia after it began to cross the South China Sea, and crashed off the opposite coast instead ... somewhere in the Malacca Strait.

Malaysian officials have rejected the theory -- but if it's true (as some still believe) the plane would have passed over the city of Kota Bharu, which contains a powerful Celcom cellular phone tower.

Credible mobile analysts tell TMZ, if the plane flew over the tower there's a high likelihood the tower would contain data transmitted by cell phones inside the aircraft ... if the phones were on.

Roughly 30% of passengers leave their phones ON during flights -- this according to published reports.

So ... the cellular tower could be the critical piece of evidence to either prove or disprove the U-turn theory.

We've reached out to Celcom about possible data transmitted to the Kota Bharu cell tower -- so far, no word back.


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Wow ...    

My heart and thoughts are with the families of the crew and passengers.

224 days ago


Thoughts and Prayers are with families.

224 days ago

john wayne gacy    

what do you call a group of malaysians
officials standing around a cell tower ?

pubic hair ~

224 days ago

Cool Papa    

Yeah, the goofs at TMZ are going to break this story. Before or after the daily argument about Kim Kardashian's butt?

224 days ago


Prayers going up for the families! But this whole story is BS!!! The 'higher ups' know EXACTLY wtf is going down.

224 days ago

Sean Kelly    

How did you brainiacs come up with this lame brained idea.?The Malaysian military tracked it until it dropped off the scope.

224 days ago


too bad the height and speed at which the plane was flying would make it nearly impossible to get a signal.

224 days ago


Do cell phone signals give exact precise that they could narrow it down to the crash sight??

224 days ago


They are all dead....

224 days ago

bring back recent posts    

The world will be so relieved knowing TMZ is trying too crack the case! Lmao.

224 days ago


What kind if route was the plane flying....the plane made a u...what the hell was hsppening up in that plane?

224 days ago


This story is so sad. I can't believe that no one has found any debris yet. Prayers for the passengers and their families and friends.

224 days ago


i hope they find the plane for the families sakes..but i also hope they find it to kill all of these stupid ufo abduction theories

224 days ago

Truth is    

The passengers are safe. They are in another dimension. Just as was in lost.

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224 days ago


Can all of the tabloid writers at TMZ just stay out of this? We really don't need to know all of y'all theories as to what happened to the plane. I believe Harvey had something to do with it being missing, just saying.

224 days ago
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