Airlines Passed On a Cheap App that Would Have Helped in Tracking MH370

Airlines Passed On a Cheap App that Would Have Helped in Tracking MH370

Malaysia Airlines did not purchase a simple and cheap computer upgrade likened to a mobile app that would have aided in tracking the plane even if its communications systems were disabled, The Washington Post reports.

A computer upgrade to a system called Swift, which costs at a wholesale price of $10 per flight, would have enabled Flight MH370 to transmit flight data via satellite to ground control even in the event it lost the transponder and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) signals, deliberately or otherwise.

A satellite industry official said the same system was instrumental in the search for the ill-fated Air France jetliner in 2009 that allowed crash investigators then to narrow the search radius to around 40 miles in the Atlantic Ocean, where floating debris were found in a just five days. (Click here to read more)

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