Malaysia Airlines has signed up to track planes by satellite after the MH370 disappearance
April 19, 2017 09:42 AM EDT
Malaysia Airlines captured the world's attention after flight MH370 disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board.
Now it seems to be taking steps to make sure that tragedy never repeats itself. It's the first airline to sign up for a new service that will track its entire fleet by satellites, CNN Money reports. The satellites will track planes anywhere in the world, including "oceanic, polar and remote regions."
Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community. We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution.
Capt. Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines COO
The system, a partnership with Aireon, FlightAware and SITAONAIR, is set to come online in 2018. It will let participating airlines know exactly where an airplane is at all times and where it's headed.
MH370 was never found despite almost three years of searching. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to try and find the plane, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean. Only pieces of the plane were ever found.
The system would update its data on the planes every minute, far more frequently than the international standard of once every 15 minutes (or once a minute if the plane is in distress).
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