Better late than never? Data from communications between satellites and the missing Flight 370 was released on May 27, more than two months after families of the victims of Flight 370 requested that it be released. Could this new info finally help authorities — and the families — find the plane’s remains?
After the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 died down weeks ago, the Malaysian government released a 47-page document on May 27 outlining communication between the aircraft and satellites in an effort to provide a clearer picture of what happened before and after the plane went missing. But is this newly surfaced data enough to solve the jetliner mystery and put the victims’ families’ minds at ease?
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: New Documents Released
The huge log of information contains communication data between Flight 370 and the British company Inmarsat’s satellite system, released in an effort “to provide a readable summary of the data communication logs,” the document’s introduction explains.
The document’s release comes more than two months after Flight 370 families requested that the info be made public, and unfortunately they have more complaints besides the delayed release. Many of the victims’ families believe that the info lacks crucial elements that would allow outside experts to run tests and verify the official account of what happened. So even though this is the first new light in the search (though now, most are just looking for an explanation) for Flight 370 in weeks, a real resolution is still far, far away.
“There’s not enough information to say whether they made an error,” expert Michael Exner told CNN, also saying that the data answers some small questions but leaves most unanswered. “I think we’re still going to be looking for much more.”
Flight 370: Families Can Now Review Satellite Data
The satellite signals that have been made public, show “handshakes” between the missing aircraft and communication systems, and were a part of a bigger set of data used by investigators to try to establish what happened after the plane disappeared. The signals continued to take place for about six hours after Flight 370 dropped off radar screens. In simple terms, the Malaysian government now proposes that the victims’ families can use their own third-party analysts to see if they can come up with a different, more solidified explanation of the aircraft’s fate. They may also be able to determine if mistakes were made in the initial investigation.
But unfortunately, more questions remain than answers. And though the Malaysian government may be trying to add transparency to this tragic investigation, more than two months after it began, it may all be too little too late.
— Andrew Gruttadaro