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Malaysia Airlines: No, the Old Battery Wasn't a Problem

2nd battery would have worked just fine, even in water, airline says
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2015 10:00 AM CDT
Malaysia Airlines: No, the Old Battery Wasn't a Problem
Relatives of passengers who were on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 protest near the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on the one-year anniversary, Sunday, March 8, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – The 584-page report released yesterday on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 noted an expired locator-beacon battery. That detail has the airline today maintaining the battery didn't interfere with the search for the plane. Reuters explains the beacon in question is supposed to convey a signal in the event of a water-related crash. But in a statement, Malaysia Airlines says a second beacon—this one in the solid-state cockpit voice recorder— would have functioned just fine while submerged. "The SSCVR battery would have been transmitting for 30 days upon activation when immersed in water," the company says.

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But one of the firms representing some passengers' families suggests the battery could have indeed befouled things: "The airline ... even more clearly now may be responsible for the unsuccessful search for this plane," Kreindler & Kreindler LP said in a statement to Reuters. The firm says the battery issue could figure prominently in a possible settlement. Why wasn't the battery replaced? A computer system in the company's engineering department apparently hadn't been updated. (Read more Malaysia Airlines stories.)

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