22 Mar '14, 1pm

5 things MH370 has taught us about aviation - Alex Pearlman (Boston Globe)

By Alex Pearlman | March 19, 2014 Boston Globe The continuing search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has consumed the world’s attention for almost two weeks now. The mad quest to find the Boeing 777 has yet to answer the main questions on everyone’s mind: Where is that plane, and what happened to the people on it? Yet the search and the surrounding news coverage have revealed some surprising — and in some cases unsettling — facts about an industry the average person likely takes for granted. We expect to fly and land safely, and these days, most flights do. But the system isn’t perfect, and in the time we’ve been engaged in the mystery of the lost plane, we’ve learned some noteworthy details about commercial aviation, technology, and national security. 1. Systems that collect information about flights have significant limits. On Flight 370, a key communications system abo...

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