By Mick Krever, CNN
The implementation may have been new, but the technique a British satellite company used to say that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean is “embarrassingly old math,” Inmarsat Senior Vice President Chris McLaughlin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.
“It’s a technique for the first time, but the technology is ancient,” he said. “It’s a method of trigonometry.”
“It’s not a new technology. It’s an old technology. It’s called science.”
Why then, Amanpour asked, had it taken so long to report this information?
“We reported on the Tuesday the 11th our suggestion of the north/south route,” he said.
“It is an immensely complicated thing to have to go into the network and look at other flights and build a picture, and that has taken the last six or seven days, which our engineers have been working very hard on to create a model. It hasn’t been done before.”
Click above to watch the whole interview, and hear how McLaughlin says issues like this could be solved “tomorrow.”