According to http://www.extremetech.com, three days ago, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar off the south coast of Vietnam. Worse, 239 people were aboard and to date it is presumed that all have all perished.
Despite all of the awesome technology that mankind has developed, it’s still possible for a Boeing 777-200 with 239 people on board to vanish.
The most shocking aspect of the MH370 disaster is that we won’t know what fate befell those 239 souls until the MH370′s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) is found aboard the aircraft.
In the case of Air France flight AF447, which disappeared off the coast of Brazil, it took two months to locate the wreckage, more than a year to find the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), and the FDR was never found.
COMMENT: The fact that disasters like MH370 are incredibly rare is probably one reason that the airline industry has not spent more time segregating this critical data off-site.
In 2013, there were around 36 million flights, with 281 total fatalities — and only 105 of those were on commercial jetliners.
With the Air France AF477 FDR never having been recovered and now Flight MH370, hopefully the airline industry will not wait another ten years for real time, instantaneous monitoring to be available from takeoff to touchdown.