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Pinpointing A Crash Site: San Diego Analyst Shares Lessons From Air France Search

Evening Edition

Aired 4/10/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Colleen Keller, senior analyst, Metron Inc.,


An Australian search plane is the latest to pick up a signal that may be from the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The world has followed the search for the missing passenger jet since it disappeared more than a month ago. The airliner carrying 239 people was last heard from on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Officials say the search area is now at its smallest point, but it is still an area of about 22,000 square miles in the Indian Ocean.

Colleen Keller, a senior analyst with Metron Inc., in San Diego was on the team responsible for locating Air France Flight 447 after it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. The method she used was not technology, but mathematics.

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