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Location Device on Missing Malaysia Jet Went Silent 40 Minutes Into Flight

Excerpt from New York Times

Mar 12, 2014 5:30 pm

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Regulations mandating how often commercial planes communicate their location to authorities will change after this incident, to ensure that a similar situation cannot happen again.

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A Chinese journalist looks out from the window of a Vietnamese airforce AN-26 during a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 off Tho Chu islands March 11, 2014. Kham / Reuters


One of the mysteries surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 concerns the aircraft’s transponder, which apparently stopped functioning about 40 minutes into the flight, leaving ground controllers in the dark about where the plane was.

A transponder is basically a robotic radio that automatically transmits a response when it receives an inquiry signal. Most airplanes are equipped with them.

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