- The Washington Times - Monday, May 26, 2014

The families of the passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may finally get some new answers with the release of satellite data of the plane’s final hours, which will be made available on Tuesday, Malaysian officials said.

Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian’s acting transport minister, was touring a new terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport when he told reporters Monday that Inmarsat would release the data, multiple news sources have reported.

The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 after veering sharply off its planned course, which would have taken it from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and dropped off radar. Inmarsat, the company that owns the satellites that last communicated with Flight 370, had previously said they did not have authority to release the data. However, the company and the Malaysian government said last week in a joint statement that they hoped to make the data available.

“In line with our commitment towards greater transparency, all parties are working for the release of the data communications logs and the technical description of the analysis for public consumption,” the statement read, according to CNN.

Months of searching have failed to find any trace of the missing plane, though most international experts agree it ended up somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

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