MH370 Expired beacon battery could be compensation key

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The interim report into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER said the beacon battery for the flight data recorder expired in December 2012 and was not replaced. The expired battery could be crucial in legal action against Malaysia Airlines especially if the absence of a working battery adversely affected the search for the missing plane. Malaysia Airlines engineering department failed to properly update a computer system.

If crucial Malaysian Air Traffic Control personnel had been awake and alert, and MH370’s diversion from its correct route had been detected in a timely fashion, a dead battery in the plane’s beacon would certainly be a factor dooming the search for the missing plane.

Discussions have been ongoing between Australia, China and Malaysia on whether to call off the search.

* The beacon sends a signal if a crash occurs in water. The signal is only sent over a small area, and only lasts for a short period of time.

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