Bad Coordination Hampered Hunt for Flight 370

Groups around the world failed to share findings

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 31, 2014 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Search teams wasted three days looking for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in the wrong place because countries and companies failed to coordinate their findings, the Wall Street Journal reports. While one group used satellite data to figure the plane's trajectory, another calculated its speed and fuel-consumption rate—until Malaysia set up what it called "an international working group" last week (apparently joining the British satellite company Inmarsat with the NTSB and Boeing). Then the search area in the Indian Ocean shifted abruptly Friday by hundreds of miles. "They don't have the necessary structure for inter-agency coordination," said a former US ambassador to Malaysia. "It has exposed their lack of preparation to deal with such a disaster." For more, read about the latest debris that search teams found in the Indian Ocean.

A shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion aircraft is seen on low cloud cover while it searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Monday, March 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)
Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion co-pilot Brett McKenzie looks out from the cockpit for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 over the southern Indian Ocean, Saturday, March 29, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)
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