Updated 5 February 2019
The disappearance of MH370 highlighted a pressing need for aircraft position to be reported and recorded. It has been announced that the UK Air Traffic Control provider - National Air Traffic Services (NATS) - has taken a 10% stake in USA based Aereon - NATS takes equity stake in Aireon. It is claimed that this will help accelerate the technology required for global aviation surveillance.
See Aireon - Space based ADS-B
Through a network of 66 low Earth orbiting Iridium® NEXT satellites, AireonSM
will monitor the location of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
(ADS-B) equipped aircraft flying anywhere in the world, transforming
the way air traffic control services are provided.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
|9M-MRO at Paris in 2011|
On 8th March 2014 at 16.41 UTC (7th March), Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) - a Boeing 777-200ER (Registration 9M-MRO) - departed Kuala Lumpur (ICAO Location Indicator WMKK) bound for Beijing (ZBAA). The aeroplane carried 12 crew and 227 passengers.
Depending on the precise route, this is a flight distance of around 2380 nautical miles and takes approximately 6 hours. The aircraft would have been expected to reach Beijing by around 22.30 UTC (7th March).
At time 17.19 UTC (7th March) there was a final radio communication between Air Traffic Control and the aircraft. Details of that communication were, after some delay, released by the Malaysian authorities - see Missing plane: pilots' conversations revealed.
As to who made the final transmission from the aircraft see the report in Telegraph 24th June where it is claimed that the voice was that of the aircraft's captain.
Shortly after this - at 17.20 UTC (7th March) - the aircraft's transponder