Malaysia Releases MH370 Satellite Data to the Public

Members of the media scramble to speak with the Director general of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Department, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (C) at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on May 27, 2014. Malaysia's aviation authority released satellite data used to determine that flight MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean.

The Malaysian government has released a 47-page document containing the communication logs between the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and a satellite belonging to British company Inmarsat.
The document contains hundreds of lines of "handshakes" between the plane and the satellite, which can be used to approximate the position of the plane.

Using the data, a team of international experts concluded that the plane most likely ended up in the southern Indian Ocean.
Some of the family members of the passengers have requested the data more than two months ago, CNN reports.
However, Inmarsat said for weeks only the Malaysian government has the authority to make the data public, while the Malaysian authorities claimed they needed Inmarsat's help to release the data in a presentable way. Last week, the two sides announced they would release the data to the public.
"The first thing we're going to expect feedback on is does the data look right," said Sarah Bajc, a partner of missing passenger Philip Wood.
On May 1, the Malaysian authorities released their first report on the missing Flight 370. It contains projected flight paths for the plane, as well as an audio recording of a conversation between the cockpit and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control.
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