- Posted April 10, 2014 by
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
MH370 - Aircraft would NEVER leave altitude just because transponder fails
There are other ways controllers can keep track of aircraft and keep them separated without a transponder. One is by using the "primary" radar...the raw radar return of radio signals bounced off the aircraft itself, and another is by an aircraft giving a time estimate over a geographic point, or fix.
But even without radio contact, a controller would still be able to use the last known estimate based on teh aircraft's flight plan, and if in doubt of that, would clear other aircraft away from a large area so as to give the aircraft without the transponder and radio, a wide berth.