Financial News

  • 13 May 2014, 12:26

Missing MH370: Plan To Track All Flights

British satellite company Inmarsat has offered to provide virtually 100% of all long haul commercial passenger planes with a free tracking service.

The firm said it was making the offer in anticipation of additional aviation safety measures expected in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The plane went missing on March 8 with 239 passengers on board, leaving many scratching their heads over how it was possible for a plane to disappear without a trace.

Inmarsat, along with the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, provided data which indicated that the plane had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

However, the plane's exact whereabouts have not yet been pinpointed.

Aviation experts are taking part in an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conference in Montreal, Canada, which is expected to focus on aircraft tracking.

Inmarsat chief executive Rupert Pearce said: "Inmarsat has been providing global aviation safety services for over 20 years and we are confident that the proposals we have presented to ICAO and IATA (International Air Transport Association) represent a major contribution to enhancing aviation safety services on a global basis.

"In the wake of the loss of MH370, we believe this is simply the right thing to do.

The service will be available to all 11,000 aircraft which are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection. That amounts to almost all of the world's long haul commercial planes.

The tracking system can therefore be implemented right away on all aircraft where the equipment is already installed, Mr Pearce said.

The last major lead on the whereabouts of flight MH370 came last month when sonar "pings" from Inmarsat equipment were heard in the Indian Ocean.

Although more than two dozen countries have been involved in the search, nothing has been found.

Batteries on the black box voice and data recorders will now be flat.

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