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MH370: no sign of debris detected by Chinese satellite – live updates

Malaysia Airlines appears to have downplayed reports that Rolls Royce, the engine makers of the missing plane, may have received two sets of data on its whereabouts.

Earlier this week the New Scientist revealed that one set of data tracked the plane after take-off and a second recorded it was during the climb towards Beijing. The data is from the Airborne Communications Addressing and Reporting System or ACARS. It said:

The missing Malaysia Airlines jet sent at least two bursts of technical data back to the airline before it disappeared, New Scientist has learned.

To aid maintenance, most airlines use the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which automatically collates and files four technical reports during every flight so that engineers can spot problems. These reports are sent via VHF radio or satellite at take-off, during the climb, at some point while cruising, and on landing.”

Now Malaysia Airlines has told Sky News that the Roll Royce engines stopped transmitting updates when the plane lost contact, according to its correspondent Mark Stone. He did not elaborate.

#MalaysiaAirlines executive tells @skynews that Rolls Royces engines stopped transmitting their routine ‘health updates’ when contact lost.

— Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) March 13, 2014

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