Satellite 'received signal' from flight MH370 after contact was lost - Newstalk

Satellite 'received signal' from flight MH370 after contact was lost

AUDIO: White House says a new search may begin in Indian Ocean

Satellite 'received signal' from flight MH370 after contact was lost
Author image
18:34 Thursday 13 March 2014

Communications satellites picked up a faint 'electronic ping' from the missing Malaysian flight MH370 after contact was lost, according to sources.

The electronic pulse did not contain so-called maintenance data, despite the missing aircraft reportedly sending bursts of technical data back to the airline before it disappeared.

Despite an extensive search, no trace has been found of the missing plane since it disappeared from contact with ground control six days ago and aviation experts have so far failed to locate the aircraft's black box recorder.

International airlines use a reporting system which collects technical data during each flight so that engineers can identify problems. These reports are broadcast via satellite at various stages during the flight, including while at cruising altitude.

Malaysian Airlines have reportedly confirmed the missing flight had an Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) on board. However the signal received after contact was lost did not contain any mechanical data.

What happened to Flight MH370? 13 things you need to know

David Gallo - one of the world's most accomplished scientists in his field - helped locate the black box data recorders of Air France flight 447 in the South Atlantic in 2011, two years after the plane crashed.

On the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet, he said "This has rapidly become one of the great mysteries of all time in terms of loss of an aeroplane or ship at sea".

The White House has announced that a new search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean.

"It's my understanding that based on some new information that's not necessarily conclusive - but new information - an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean" White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

"And we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy".

The search has been widened to cover 27,000 square nautical miles

The Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein earlier denied reports that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 flew for several hours after it was last seen.

The Wall Street Journal is quoting US investigators, who they say believe the plane flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program.

US counterterrorism officials are also said to be pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off its transponders to avoid radar detection.

The engines' onboard monitoring system is provided by the manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, and periodically sends bursts of data about engine health, operations and aircraft movements to the ground.

But Minister Hishamuddin earlier dismissed these elements.

comments powered by Disqus
  • image

    A girl checking her phone won National Geographic's photograph... image

    Northern Irish parties reach deal on welfare reform image

    Lingerie billboards to be removed after proving too distracting image

    VIDEO: Is this the most epic move ever made in a game of Jenga? image

    The cover of Metro Herald's last ever issue is quite touching image

    VIDEO: Tánaiste says society needs to ask itself if it's right... image

    Mother arrested over deaths of eight children in Australia image

    "Beware of what information you put out on social media"... image

    Love/Hate actor joins Jonathan Corrie's daughter at last... image

    Environment Minister says he'll do everything in his power to...

  • image

    Munster and Ulster both play away from home today image

    Manchester City could top the Barclays Premier League image

    Leinster do enough to see off Connacht image

    Need betting tips for Ascot? image

    LIVE BLOG: Leinster v Connacht image

    Kenny Daglish speaks to Hillsborough inquest image

    Origi could be back at Liverpool earlier than expected image

    Sexton will miss the start of the Six Nations image

    Who did a Usain Bolt to win the Off The Ball Goal Mile? image

    Belated bronze ‘a dream come true’ for Heffernan