In their first American TV interview, the British satellite company who gave critical data on the location of the missing Malaysia jetliner spoke to Megyn Kelly about the search.
Inmarsat is a technical advisor to the investigation and the company’s senior vice president Chris McLaughlin said it was his company who determined that the plane’s signals continued to be received for a several hours after takeoff.
“Just like a cell phone, each piece of equipment has its own SIM card and its own registration number,” McLaughlin said. “We’re absolutely certain we were seeing the readings from this particular aircraft.”
As Malaysian authorities concentrated their search on the eastern coast of Malaysia, Inmarsat turned over data showing the plane’s route westward on March 11. The following day, they handed that data to Malaysian authorities. It wasn’t until March 15 that search teams redirected their efforts, acknowledging Inmarsat’s westward plane route.
“I can’t say whether they acted fast enough. In all these crisis situations, you got to run down all the information you have,” McLaughlin said. “I can’t speak to whatever the investigation was looking at, but they would be trying to run down all the leads and make it as clear cut as they can.”
Many believe that the plane might have crashed and if so, the engines that powered the plane would have disabled Inmarsat’s ability to pick up signals. McLaughlin said one might have to draw the conclusion that the plane ran out of fuel, but beyond that he couldn’t draw any further conclusions.
Watch the entire interview above.
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