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How does a Boeing jet simply "lose contact" with air traffic control without prior knowledge of its coordinates etc?

Asked by pleiades (6216 points ) March 7th, 2014

Shouldn’t it be fairly easy to locate a giant hunk of metal in the sky that was “set on a course and route” anyways?

Ok I don’t meant to come off as assumptious as I am. I’m genuinely curious and no means meant to be judgmental. I hope everyone on board the Malaysian airplane is safe and just lost contact due to electrical problems with contact only.

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