Five Years after MH370, Malaysia Airlines Is Tracking Planes in Flight

2019-03-09

00:00 / 00:00
复读宝 RABC v8.0beta 复读机按钮使用说明
播放/暂停
停止
播放时:倒退3秒/复读时:回退AB段
播放时:快进3秒/复读时:前进AB段
拖动:改变速度/点击:恢复正常速度1.0
拖动改变复读暂停时间
点击:复读最近5秒/拖动:改变复读次数
设置A点
设置B点
取消复读并清除AB点
播放一行
停止播放
后退一行
前进一行
复读一行
复读多行
变速复读一行
变速复读多行
LRC
TXT
大字
小字
滚动
全页
1
  • About once a month, a group of Malaysians gather at a coffee shop or a home in Kuala Lumpur.
  • 2
  • They meet to support each other and to keep the memory of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 alive.
  • 3
  • Five years ago, the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
  • 4
  • Search efforts covered an area from Southeast Asia to the coast of Africa.
  • 5
  • But neither the plane nor any of the 239 people it carried were found.
  • 6
  • Investigators became hopeful when, in July 2015, a piece of the plane's wing was found in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.
  • 7
  • But authorities officially suspended the search in January 2017.
  • 8
  • Jacquita Gonzales' husband, Patrick Gomes, was an inflight supervisor on the plane.
  • 9
  • Gonzales' home is often the meeting place for family members of the missing.
  • 10
  • "It goes beyond a group waiting for answers," she told the Reuters news agency.
  • 11
  • "It has become a family as well, an extended family."
  • 12
  • Calvin Shim is raising his two children without his wife, Christine Tan.
  • 13
  • She was a crew member on flight MH370.
  • 14
  • "The other families know exactly how each of us feel," he said at a recent meeting at Gonzales' home.
  • 15
  • Since the 1940s, ground-based radar systems have been used to follow planes and other aircraft in flight.
  • 16
  • But this kind of system cannot track aircraft over large areas of the world's oceans.
  • 17
  • This is one reason why the Malaysia Airlines plane has not been found.
  • 18
  • The disappearance of MH370 renewed the world's attention on tracking aircraft around the world.
  • 19
  • Shortly after the disappearance, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) pushed for quick action "to improve tracking of aircraft in flight."
  • 20
  • The United Nations organization is now asking that aircraft be fitted with a tracking system that reports its position every 15 minutes.
  • 21
  • By 2021, the organization also wants aircraft to be able to send information once every minute when in trouble.
  • 22
  • In April 2017, Malaysia Airlines announced that it would be one of the first airlines to use Aireon's space-based system to track its planes in flight.
  • 23
  • Aireon says its system uses 66 satellites to cover the world. Its system includes areas that lacked air traffic service in the past -- like over oceans and the North and South poles.
  • 24
  • The system uses Global Positioning System (GPS) and signals from aircraft to determine locations in real-time.
  • 25
  • Aireon chief Don Thoma said in a statement: "Malaysia Airlines has taken a lead role in the industry since the tragic events of 2014. Real-time, global flight tracking, anywhere on the planet, will further its safety goals, by allowing Malaysia Airlines to track its aircraft anytime, anywhere."
  • 26
  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
  • 1
  • About once a month, a group of Malaysians gather at a coffee shop or a home in Kuala Lumpur. They meet to support each other and to keep the memory of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 alive.
  • 2
  • Five years ago, the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Search efforts covered an area from Southeast Asia to the coast of Africa. But neither the plane nor any of the 239 people it carried were found.
  • 3
  • Investigators became hopeful when, in July 2015, a piece of the plane's wing was found in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. But authorities officially suspended the search in January 2017.
  • 4
  • Jacquita Gonzales' husband, Patrick Gomes, was an inflight supervisor on the plane. Gonzales' home is often the meeting place for family members of the missing.
  • 5
  • "It goes beyond a group waiting for answers," she told the Reuters news agency. "It has become a family as well, an extended family."
  • 6
  • Calvin Shim is raising his two children without his wife, Christine Tan. She was a crew member on flight MH370. "The other families know exactly how each of us feel," he said at a recent meeting at Gonzales' home.
  • 7
  • New satellite tracking system
  • 8
  • Since the 1940s, ground-based radar systems have been used to follow planes and other aircraft in flight. But this kind of system cannot track aircraft over large areas of the world's oceans.
  • 9
  • This is one reason why the Malaysia Airlines plane has not been found.
  • 10
  • The disappearance of MH370 renewed the world's attention on tracking aircraft around the world. Shortly after the disappearance, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) pushed for quick action "to improve tracking of aircraft in flight."
  • 11
  • The United Nations organization is now asking that aircraft be fitted with a tracking system that reports its position every 15 minutes. By 2021, the organization also wants aircraft to be able to send information once every minute when in trouble.
  • 12
  • In April 2017, Malaysia Airlines announced that it would be one of the first airlines to use Aireon's space-based system to track its planes in flight. Aireon says its system uses 66 satellites to cover the world. Its system includes areas that lacked air traffic service in the past -- like over oceans and the North and South poles. The system uses Global Positioning System (GPS) and signals from aircraft to determine locations in real-time.
  • 13
  • Aireon chief Don Thoma said in a statement: "Malaysia Airlines has taken a lead role in the industry since the tragic events of 2014. Real-time, global flight tracking, anywhere on the planet, will further its safety goals, by allowing Malaysia Airlines to track its aircraft anytime, anywhere."
  • 14
  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
  • 15
  • Hai Do wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
  • 16
  • ________________________________________________________________
  • 17
  • Words in This Story
  • 18
  • wing - n. one of usually two long flat part of an airplane that extend from the sides and make it possible for that plane to fly
  • 19
  • authorities - n. people who have power to make decisions
  • 20
  • inflight - adj. provided while you are flying in an airplane
  • 21
  • track - v. to follow or watch the path
  • 22
  • tragic - adj. causing strong feelings of sadness