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‘Embarrassingly old math’ used to pinpoint plane route

March 24th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

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.”


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    With MH370 basically confirmed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, there is no doubt that it flew over Indonesian airspace. I'm trying to understand why they lied about that. Your aviation analyst said during the NY 10am broadcast with Anderson Cooper that Malaysia had not shared this...he clearly meant Indonesia. If Indonesia had just shared this key information, we wouldn't have to search north and south and family members would have gotten news earlier.
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    The bad governance, the ethnic based promotion, the racist government in Malaysia promoting the malay and ignoring all non malays and merit based promotion has taken its toll. This is just the tip of iceberg scenario. Check out the health care too and universities where only MELAYU can be dean and VC is utter rubbish. the world should judge these nincompooh in power

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