Last updated: 03:52 PM ET, Tue March 10 2015

Malaysia Airlines Disputes Report About Beacon Battery

Airlines & Airports | Malaysia Airlines | Rich Thomaselli | March 10, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Disputes Report About Beacon Battery

A beleaguered Malaysia Airlines has responded to a weekend report on the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370 that questioned whether the battery in one of the emergency locator beacons had expired before the flight ever took off.

The 584-page report said the battery on the beacon attached to the doomed plane’s flight data recorder expired in December 2012 – more than 15 months prior to the March 8 disappearance of the flight while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing – but it went unnoticed due to a computer data error.

Malaysia Airlines responded on Monday and, according to Reuters, issued a statement saying a similar beacon was also installed with the solid state cockpit voice recorder and its battery life was still good.

"The SSCVR battery would have been transmitting for 30 days upon activation when immersed in water," the airline said.

The report, however, noted that while it may be possible the battery could continue to operate past the expiration date, "it is not guaranteed that it will work or that it would meet the 30-day minimum requirement.”

The U.S. law firm of Kreindler & Kreindler LP is representing around 20 families of the victims, and believes the expired battery may play a pivotal role in the lawsuits against the airline.

"This airline, which allowed its crew and plane to fly with expired batteries on critical equipment, continues to reject offering any kind of meaningful settlement to the families without them first proving the losses they suffered, without any actual evidence of a crash," Kreindler & Kreindler LP aviation attorney Justin Green said in an email to Reuters. "The airline ... even more clearly now may be responsible for the unsuccessful search for this plane."

Other than the expired battery, the 584-page report had no other revelations nor answers as to why Flight 370 might have disappeared.

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