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GPS tracking no help in finding Flight 370

by GPS4US 2014-03-12 12:25

Normally, we report all the positive progress GPS has made in our world.

But as the mysterious search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues, we have to come to
terms with a sobering quote about the effectiveness of GPS.

“GPS and tracking devices only work if they’re turned on or if they’re not destroyed,” Scott Hamilton,
aviation analyst for consulting firm Leeham Co., told NBC News.

Secondary tracking devices may have dead zones over large bodies of water, NBC News reports.

However, the mystery is how rare it is for air traffic controllers to lose track of a plane altogether,
which happened in this case.

“It’s hard to know why that stopped,” William McCabe, president of the aviation safety consultancy The
McCabe Group, told NBC News. “Normally you can track and airplane extremely precisely, much more than a
car.”

For now, the whereabouts of Flight 370 remain a mystery, a reminder that the world can not depend on
technology alone.

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