Families Furious After Release Of Satellite Data Tracking Last Moments Of Missing Malaysian Flight MH370




The raw data used in search of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has been released following mounting calls from passengers’ relatives for greater transparency. But the data has left their families bewildered and they have complained that the report is missing data, as well as comparable records from previous flights on MH370’s route that the families had requested. The data from satellite communications with the plane, which runs to 47 pages in a report prepared by Inmarsat, features hourly ‘handshakes’ – or network log-on confirmations – after the aircraft disappeared from civilian radar screens on March 8. The data includes a final transmission from the plane 8 seconds later, after which there was no further response. The data also featured two ‘telephony calls’ initiated from the ground at 1839 GMT and 2313 GMT that went unanswered by the plane. Malaysian officials were not immediately available to answer questions on the data. Calculations based on the pings and the plane’s speed showed the jetliner likely went down in the remote ocean 7 to 8 hours after its normal communications were apparently cut off as it headed to Beijing on its routine flight.  The time of the last satellite contact was consistent with the plane’s fuel capacity. The search in an area around 1,550 km (960 miles) northwest of Perth was further narrowed on the basis of acoustic signals believed to have come from the aircraft’s ‘black box’ data recorders before their batteries ran out. After the most extensive search in aviation history failed to turn up any trace of the plane, however, officials have said that it could take a year to search the 60,000 sq km (23,000 sq mile) area where it could have come down. Malaysia, China and Australia said in mid-May they had agreed to re-examine all data related to the missing plane to better determine the search area as the hunt enters a new, deep-sea phase. Malaysia is also leading an official international investigation under United Nations rules to probe the causes of the baffling incident.The data includes a final transmission from the plane 8 seconds later, after which there was no further response. SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>>>>

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