Phones belonging to doomed MH370 passengers could reveal what really happened

Phones belonging to doomed MH370 passengers could reveal what really happened
CNN has been all over the story of the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner. The all-news network has even speculated that if recovered, cell phones belonging to the passengers might be a treasure trove of information that could help solve the mystery of what happened to the plane. Now you're probably thinking that the odds favor that passenger's phones have been sitting in saltwater for weeks, so how could any information on a data card be saved?

According to forensics firm 4Discovery, a company that handles the recovery of data from mobile devices, the information could be recoverable even if the phones remain underwater for weeks or months. Part of this process would be to keep the devices underwater until just before the data is mined. At that point, according to 4Discovery partner Chad Hough, "as long as the data cards are intact, the information is still there."

And that information, which could answer many questions, could be contained in unsent texts, videos and emails. And for the grieving families, any recovered phones could include a final message, written or videoed, that might prove comforting to survivors who have been through hell.



source: CNN via Gizmodo

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46 Comments

43. BigBoss10

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Landed secretely no one knows where

41. express77 unregistered

does this means they record all passengers phone data?

39. Prabs

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Anyone else have a problem with the title of this article? Doomed? Have some respect, especially when the author nor else yet has any idea what happened.

33. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

So, they can't find the blackbox and decided to use phone as their information?

31. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

fact #1001: Malaysian government is the most idiotic in the world

34. berry889

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

fact#1001: You are trully the most idiotic person in the world

26. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

It's definitely gonna be hard to find the plane now that the batteries in the black box have died. Who knows how far down in the ocean this plane is. This whole situation is just odd. Something is not right here.

30. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i read an article in news paper saying that the plane is 4,500 meter underneath the seabed, approximately 5 times of the Tallest Building in Dubai...and i wonder, even if the rescue or searching team able to determine the blackbox location, how would they travel up to 4,500 meter to get that blackbox.

45. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Yeah, it's gonna be extremely hard to retrieve the black box. If it's even possible to retrieve it. This mystery might never get solved.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31807; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sadly, this plane is most likely at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. I don't think it's being held somewhere. I hope I'm 100% wrong though.

38. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I just you're right..if not under indian ocean...it should be the with of terrorist....that is bad imo...

17. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Air transport is the safest mode of transport they said.

16. spiral777

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Diego Garcia

15. thadjudda

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Yeah, but you gotta find the damn airplane first and they gotta start looking in Space, Yes Outer space

46. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

You must be veryhttp://goo.gl/rZpKDS

11. MrTzr unregistered

Why isn't the information from the black box or the CVR connected to the cloud?

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

because the transmitters would interfere with the on board systems but by now they shouldve made a way to use a satelite to keep uploading flight info

35. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

no, because everyone is too busy making sure their stupid fat bank accounts keep getting fatter, for the same reason black boxes have such limited ping ranges and data sizes (what was it, only the last 2 hours on a recording loop?). a lot of this equipment could've been made several hundred times better but nobody wants to spend their money toward it when they can just keep the status quo and thus the money to themselves.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah Black box is more important. Cockpit conversations can reveal all the mystery.

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

normally all previous crashes theyve found the black box, but in this case theres no sign of it.....?

37. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I heard that after some time black box will not work...and that time has crossed in this particular..so black box will of no use I think...

44. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

nope. the black box battery will run out, thus silencing the "pings" that they emit making it harder to locate. but once they retrieve the box, the recordings can still be played

2. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Hope they find the black box first!

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

most likely theyll find them at the same time or around the same time

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Mystery.... I hope they find something....we don't know what happened with those passengers.

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

bermuda triangle took them deep inside i believe.....?

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i think its a coverup, the government can find a phone but not a plane, somethings up

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

somethings not right and fishy going on there,,, mmmm, wonder whats in there mind? hiding something,,,,?

13. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

It's not that they can find the phones? It's that of they find the plane, then the phones can provide more insight...

18. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i mean that they can track a phone but not a plane

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