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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Why was there no distress call?

The world is watching as the search for the missing Malaysian airliner continues, which disappeared with more than 200 people on board.

Representational Image. Reuters

Representational Image. Reuters

The search for the crash site has complicated matters further for investigators who are grappling with inconsistencies like the lack of a distress call. The discovery that two passengers were carrying fake passports has led to the belief that it may have been terror attack. However, in a CNN article, Bill Palmer, a pilot sheds some light on the reasons why sometimes, a distress call cannot be made:

This lack of a call, however, is not particularly perplexing. An aviator's priorities are to maintain control of the airplane above all else. An emergency could easily consume 100% of a crew's efforts. To an airline pilot, the absence of radio calls to personnel on the ground that could do little to help the immediate situation is no surprise.

Essential to investigation like this one is the recovery of the aircraft's flight data and cockpit voice recorders, says the article. Palmer says that flight data recorders keep tab of more than 1,000 aircraft parameters, while the cockpit voice recorder archives onboard inter-airplane communications and cockpit voices.

So far, the airline carrying passengers from Malaysia to China is nowhere to be found. As newer facts emerge, the search for the location of the now-assumed debris continues in South China sea continues, with little hope that any one on board may have survived.

Read the complete article here.

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