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Malaysia Plane Traced in Inmarsat Engineer London Huddle

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Hours after Malaysian Air Flight 370 vanished on March 8, Inmarsat Plc assembled a team of engineers thousands of miles away at London headquarters for a marathon data-crunching session to help find the missing jet.

They had little more to work with than a half-dozen vague signals to a company satellite and a lot of assumptions. By March 11, they calculated two plausible trajectories far from the intended path to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur -- one north into central Asia and one south toward Antarctica. While the latter was more probable, they couldn’t be sure.