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Local pilot weighs in on missing Malaysia Airlines plane

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WAUSAU (WKOW) -- As the search goes on for clues in the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, pilots at Wausau Municipal Airport gave their take on search efforts.

John Chmiel is the manager of the airport and an experienced pilot.

He agrees with the decision by the Malaysian government to ask the U.S. to join in search efforts.

"There are many experts on the NTSB and FAA who have to investigate accidents on a fairly regular basis and they are very good at what they do."

Chmiel added that it will likely be months or even years before any investigation would be completed if the plane is found, but we may have a clearer picture of what happened.

Sources tell ABC News that communications systems on the plane could have been shut off deliberately.

U.S. officials are now saying that investigators are looking into the possibility that the plane may have flown for another four hours, based off of estimated fuel levels.

Thursday marked the sixth day since the plane carrying 239 passengers went missing.

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