Kuala Lumpur releases flight MH370 data

May 28, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

KUALA LUMPUR:  Malaysia yesterday released raw satellite data used to determine that missing Flight MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean, information demanded by passengers’ relatives who are frustrated over the failure to find any wreckage.

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said it had worked with Inmarsat to provide 47 pages of data communication logs recorded by the British satellite operator, as well as explanatory notes for public consumption.

Analysts said it would take time to draw any conclusions from the raw, highly technical data.

The families of the 239 passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines plane had called for the information to be made public after a massive and costly search for the flight found nothing.

Officials, relying in part on the Inmarsat data, have said they believe the plane ended up over the southern Indian Ocean where it crashed into the sea. 

The numerical data used the Doppler effect -- the change in frequency of waves from a moving object -- to decipher the Boeing 777’s final flight path.

Inmarsat’s interpretation of the data was subsequently verified by the international investigation team, which includes the DCA and the air safety boards of Britain, China and the United States. But, with no sign of the plane found since its disappearance on March 8, relatives and friends are sceptical.            AFP