Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Improvements on aviation technology after MH370 tragedy, says CNN editor

Ever since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared off the radar two years ago, the aviation industry has made changes to its safety practices to avert similar disasters, says a CNN commentary. CNNMoney's editor-at-large Richard Quest wrote that aircrafts were required to report their positions at least every 15 minutes rather than 30 minutes, and every minute if the aircraft is met with a change of flight course or altitude, or was in distress. He said most major global carriers today had satellite contacts and equipments that report aircraft positions more frequently than the minimum requirement. He added that a technology was now available that allowed black box data to be streamed automatically during emergencies, however, airlines had been slow to adopt it. Some allegations regarding MH370's disappearance pointed to someone switching off its transponder. Quest suggested that any tracking system onboard should be secure against nefarious activity. Today marks the missing plane's second anniversary. MH370 left the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing on 12.42am on March 8, 2014. Less than 40 minutes later, radar contact with the aircraft was lost after it passed the Igari waypoint. The plane and its 227 passengers and 12 crew have been missing ever since. – March 8, 2016.]]>

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