Red herring in hunt for MH370 highlights air traffic flaws




 
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Red herring in hunt for MH370 highlights air traffic flaws
 
May 2nd, 2014  
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Topic: Red herring in hunt for MH370 highlights air traffic flaws


Red herring in hunt for MH370 highlights air traffic flaws
By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - Fresh questions have been raised over air traffic co-ordination after a preliminary report on the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared almost two months ago revealed 90 minutes of wasted effort while controllers looked in the wrong country. While Flight MH370's disappearance has led to calls for real-time tracking, it has also re-focused attention on the gap between what controllers sometimes think and see, which complicated early efforts to find Air France 447 in 2009. Some 25 minutes after the Malaysian jet was first reported missing over the Gulf of Thailand on March 8, the airline told controllers that it had flown onto Cambodian airspace. In fact, by then it had flown back west across Malaysia and was already on a new southerly course thought to have taken it across the tip of Indonesia and towards the Indian Ocean, where investigators believe it crashed with 239 people on board.




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