As Malaysia on Tuesday released key flight data about the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing nearly three months ago, Australia was doing its own bit of fact finding, according to a new report.
Australia, in a report also released on Tuesday, has determined the missing jet that has eluded a multi-national search effort ran out of fuel before its fateful crash, an opinion that all but mirrors the Malaysian report.
The Australian report’s findings were based on data of the jet’s final communication with a satellite that monitors air traffic, reported Voice of America. The Malaysian report, compiled with global satellite communications company Inmarsat, was also based on “raw satellite transmission data,’’ reported The New York Times.
Both reports were met with ambivalence by some, reported the Associated Press.
"It's a whole lot of stuff that is not very important to know," said Michael Exner, a satellite engineer who has been independently researching the calculations. "There are probably two or three pages of important stuff, the rest is just noise. It doesn’t add any value to our understanding."
It was also of little consolation to Steve Wang, a relative of one of the plane’s 239 missing passengers, according to Voice of America.
"Well, since I have already looked at the report, it only contains the data, but what we want is the full version of the Inmarsat report including the data, and also the way how you calculate. The method and the formula you use. That is also very important, because only simply data means nothing. Only data cannot lead to the conclusion, only data cannot lead to the ending. There must be other analyzing and we want to see the full version of the report," he said.
This is not the first time the theory of an empty fuel tank has been proposed, however.
On April 29, Malaysia officials said that radar and satellite data showed the plane veered off course for unknown reasons, and analysis indicated that it likely ran out of fuel in a remote section of the Indian ocean.
In addition, neither report offers any further clues to aid the search.