UK satellite operator says it only gave data on MH370’s last position
British satellite company Inmarsat has said that it is not responsible for Putrajaya’s conclusion that flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian ocean, China Daily reported today.
Inmarsat, through the United Kingdom Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), said it only provided information of MH370’s likely last position before it stopped flying, the report said.
“We provide our information to Malaysia, and they combine that with all the other information which they have, which we wouldn’t know about. And then they draw their conclusions from that and make their own announcements on that basis,” Jonathan Sinnatt, a spokesperson for the British-based satellite company, was quoted as saying.
“We just contribute one set of information.”
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in a press conference on Monday said that based on Inmarsat’s analysis, the ill-fated flight that was bound to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew, ended its journey in the Southern Indian Ocean.
“Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor. And that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” he said.
However, the 239 families relatives were not convinced due to the lack of any physical evidence of the crash.
Families from China, where majority of the passengers were from, are still looking for more conclusive news to give them closure. – March 29, 2014.
What China Daily didn’t include in its Inmarsat report – Jonathan Sinnatt
You carried an article reporting that Inmarsat distances itself from the Indian Ocean theory, citing a piece from China Daily.
What the China Daily piece did not include was my comment to them that Inmarsat has highly confident in the analysis we provided on Sunday.
The point being made in my quote, which was included by China Daily, was that it is not for Inmarsat to determine what is released by the investigation team or when it is released. But to point out that Inmarsat only has access to its satellite data and not any other information held by the investigation team.
We remain highly confident in the analysis we provided.
I hope that clarifies the situation. – March 29, 2014.
*Jonathan Sinnatt is head of corporate communications at Inmarsat.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.