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New plane tracking system.

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Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia have tested world's first' system which increases tracking of aircraft over remote oceans. It would allow authorities to react quickly to abnormal situations like the disappearance of Malaysian aircraft MH370 in March 2014.It raises minimum tracking rate for planes flying over remote oceans to 15 minutes from current 30-40 minutes. The technology can increase real time monitoring, in abnormal situations', said an expert. This initiative adapts existing technology used by over 90 percent of long flight passenger aircraft and would enable air traffic control to respond more rapidly, if an aircraft faces difficulty or deviation from its flight plan, he added. A Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight going from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board was lost' flying over Malacca Straits. A massive search in air and underwater had failed to find the plane.he new system tackles all this.

If a plane deviates more than 200 feet from its assigned level or two nautical miles from its expected track, the system would automatically monitor it more closely almost continuously. This is a big step. It is going to make monitoring of aircraft over oceans much more effective. We will have data of where the aircraft ran into trouble, in marked contrast to MH370 which was lost' over Malacca Straits,' said the expert.

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Publication:Pakistan Engineering Review
Date:Jun 15, 2015
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