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Meanwhile, Inmarsat's engineers carried out further analysis of the pings and came up with a much more detailed Doppler effect model for the northern and southern paths. By comparing these models with the trajectory of other aircraft on similar routes, they were able to establish an "extraordinary matching" between Inmarsat's predicted path to the south and the readings from other planes on that route.
"By yesterday they were able to definitively say that the plane had undoubtedly taken the southern route," said McLaughlin.
These pings from the satellite – along with assumptions about the plane’s speed – helped Australia and the US National Transportation Safety Board to narrow down the search area to just 3 per cent of the southern corridor on 18 March.
"We worked out where the last ping was, and we knew that the plane must have run out of fuel before the next automated ping, but we didn't know what speed the aircraft was flying at – we assumed about 450 knots," said McLaughlin. "We can’t know when the fuel actually ran out, we can’t know whether the plane plunged or glided, and we can’t know whether the plane at the end of the time in the air was flying more slowly because it was on fumes."
Inmarsat passed the relevant analysis to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) yesterday. The cause of the crash remains a mystery.
It's not quite over yet. There's money to be made. A movie and a search documentary. This James Cameron guy will get on it.
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reply to post by WanDash
INMARSAT TRACKING TWO PLANES ?? DID I HEAR RIGHT?
Was listening to this How British satellite company Inmarsat tracked down MH370 at 2:36 he states that "it is the southern route is the best fit for the two planes" was this an error in speech or was there another plane involved. Was Inmarsat tracking two planes along side each other in the Indian Ocean??
reply to post by lonewolf2
You heard that correct @ 01:41. ''two planes''.
At the start of the speech he said comparing to other Malaysian triple 7's flight paths, perhaps referencing that or if another aircraft was used as a dummy for both arcs to see which best fits the signal pattern.
That should be clarified otherwise folks will get all conspiracy about it and it could be an innocent comment.
They tracked the "ping" of currently flying, two (or some number of) known planes, and compared it to the "pings" recorded from 370. Then they matched 370 ping data set with of that of the known planes that had flown the Southern arc. Empirically determined match.
...They tracked the "ping" of currently flying, two (or some number of) known planes, and compared it to the "pings" recorded from 370. Then they matched 370 ping data set with of that of the known planes that had flown the Southern arc. Empirically determined match....
Did you read the headline, or the article? Your comment makes it sound like you read the headline. The article says this:
I just read this on abc news:
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Authorities defend text message to families revealing missing plane's fate
so from that it appears they have notified the families via sms a text message
wow... what a compassionate way to be notified.
Many of the families were in Beijing and they called them to a meeting at a hotel there to announce it to them personally before the rest of the world. Apparently they tried to call others not in attendance but not everybody answered, and not everybody saw their text message before seeing it on the news. However it does seem like the airlines took steps to notify as many people as they could, and the text message was just one method. Yes it's impersonal but still better than seeing it on the news for the first time, which still happened to some people.
"Wherever humanly possible, we did so in person with the families or by telephone, using SMS only as an additional means of ensuring fully that the nearly 1,000 family members heard the news from us and not from the media."
I understand that:
Generally with suicide, there's a plan or some sort of suicidal ideation before hand. Was the pilot having suicidal thoughts before hand? We will never know for sure, because he's dead according to investigators. Was he having suicidal thoughts before all comms were lost? Who knows.
I think the fact that the plane made 3 course changes, went over the Malaysian penisular without the Malaysian military doing anything about it and finally headed south, all during 7 hours, speaks for itself.