Inmarsat confirms automated signals from MH370

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Inmarsat has confirmed that signals from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 were registered by its satellite network.

It describes the communication signals from flight MH370 as “routine” and “automated”, without disclosing any details regarding the timing of the signals in relation to the aircraft’s disappearance on 8 March.

Inmarsat says it handed the information to communications specialist SITA which, it adds, has shared the data with the airline.

It has not stated which satellites were involved. Inmarsat operates about 10 geostationary satellites through which it handles satcom datalink transmissions including those from the aeronautical sector.

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