Inmarsat: How Missing Flight MH370 Was Tracked

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The UK company responsible for confirming that flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean has explained why it took two weeks for their initial suspicions to be verified. Although the communication systems on the Malaysia Airlines craft were switched off, Inmarsat’s satellites continued to receive hourly ‘pings’ from the plane. These pings are sent from a ground station to a satellite 22,000 miles above the Earth – then on to the plane. The plane then automatically sends a ping back to the satellite and down to the ground station. By measuring the amount of time it took for pings to be sent and returned and looking at comparisons to other flight data, scientists at Inmarsat were able to spot a pattern. They believed the plane flew for at least five hours along one of two ‘corridors’ – one arcing north and…

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