Date
12 December 2017
Malaysia Defense Minister  Hishammuddin Hussein says experts continue to pore over data in an effort to narrow the search area for the missing jetliner. Photo: Bloomberg
Malaysia Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says experts continue to pore over data in an effort to narrow the search area for the missing jetliner. Photo: Bloomberg

Fresh data shows Malaysian jet crashed in Indian Ocean

Malaysian and Australian authorities have released separate data that shows further evidence Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the Indian Ocean after running out of fuel, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The 45-page document gives details of communication logs between the aircraft and a satellite and were provided to Malaysian civil aviation authorities by satellite company Inmarsat.

The release follows demands by the families of some of the 239 passengers and crew of the missing airliner to open analysis of the flight path to other experts. However, some family members are unhappy that the data and summary were difficult to understand, the report said.

The summary is generally consistent with earlier public statements by investigators and Inmarsat and don’t appear to shed new light on the techniques experts used to chart the presumed path of the jetliner after it veered off course, disappeared from radar and went missing in the early hours of March 8.

Investigators from Britain, Australia and the United States have relied on Inmarsat data to conclude that the Boeing 777 jet flew to the remote southern Indian Ocean, thousands of miles off course and far from any land mass, and crashed after likely running out of fuel.

Experts are still poring over the data in an effort to narrow down the search area, the report said, citing Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense minister.

No flight-related debris has been found after a massive search involving 26 nations. The search will now focus on mapping the ocean floor in the presumed crash site.

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