AM 820 News anchor Robert Pankau spoke with ABC News Correspondent Tom Rivers live from London this morning about the still missing Malaysian Jet. ABC has learned about a potential breakthrough clue in its search — two sources tell ABC News, that two communications systems on this triple-7 were shutdown separately suggesting there was not a catastrophic failure — these communications systems shutdown less than an hour into the flight. Their source calls it systematic. The data reporting system, they believe was shut down at 1:07am… The transponder on board – which transmits location and altitude was shut down at 1:21… Indicating that were manually shut off. Communications satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing last week, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday. The “pings” indicated that the aircraft’s maintenance troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to communicate with satellites as needed. But no data links were opened because the companies involved had not subscribed to that level of service from the satellite operator, according to sources.
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