Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein answers questions alongside the chief of the armed forces, General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin (left), during a press conference about Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 12, 2014. Picture: Edgar Su

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said on Thursday that reports a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet may have flown on for hours after it vanished from radar screens were not true.

The Wall Street Journal said US aviation investigators and national security officials believed the plane flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing 777's engines as part of a standard monitoring operation.

The minister also said China's release of satellite imagery of possible wreckage had been wrongly issued. - Reuters