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Hunt for Flight 370: How to prevent future airplane disappearances

 PERTH, Australia  — After a month of failed hunting and finding debris that turned out to be ordinary flotsam, an Australian ship detected faint pings deep in the Indian Ocean in what an official called the “most promising lead” yet in the search for Flight 370. Officials coordinating the multinational search for the missing Malaysia

Malaysia jet saga highlights doubts over air traffic radar

The ease with which a big jetliner melted into the ether after vanishing from Malaysian radar illustrates an uncomfortable paradox about modern aviation: state-of-the-art airplanes rely on ageing ground infrastructure to tell them where to go. While satellites shape almost every aspect of modern life, the use of radar and radio in the cockpit has,

Missing Malaysia plane puts new satellite sensors in the spotlight

 The unexplained fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has thrown the spotlight on some satellite technologies that will make it easier in future for authorities to track and communicate with aircraft over water and uninhabited areas. The plane vanished from radar screens on March 8 with 239 people aboard. Investigators believe it most likely flew