MH370 satellite data to be made public

MH370 satellite data to be made public

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Malaysia: Following the growing clamour for making the satellite data from missing airplane MH370 public, The Civil Aviation Department and British company Inmarsat in a joint statement said they would do this ‘”in line with our commitment to greater transparency”. The statement did not say when or how the data would be released.

Earlier, the Malaysian government had refused to share the satellite data despite requests by the kin of the missing passengers. The Malaysian government says calculations using signals sent to Inmarsat satellites showed MH370 veered off course and ended up in the Indian Ocean after it went missing on 8 March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No wreckage has been found and an underwater search led by Australia continues.

However, family members urged Malaysia, China and Australia to review Inmarsat data for its accuracy. In a letter to the countries' leaders the relatives said the data did not "support a definitive conclusion that no other flight path was possible". They also requested that the data should be subjected to a third-party preview.

Source: The Guardian