21 March 2014
By Ben Iannotta and Dave Majumdar
Aerospace America/AIAA

Transmitting real-time data off airliners is a technology that might have kept Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 from turning into one of aviation’s greatest mysteries, but the technology hasn’t been adopted because of questions over costs and satellite bandwidth, aviation experts say. The idea of streaming flight data, cockpit audio and possibly even video from airliners has percolated since the 1990s. When a plane goes missing or crashes in a remote region, the thinking goes, authorities wouldn’t be relegated to frantic searches for voice and flight data recorders. (Image Credit: Wikipedia)
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