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Old 06-03-2009, 09:10 AM
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Well, OnStar isn't worldwide in coverage but the technology is there. They'd have to have a lot of satellites to cover the whole planet and then you have to equip all the ATC centers. It probably comes down to a cost-benefit analysis. We're making a big deal out of this event, and yes it is terrible, but this type of accident is exceedingly rare. The cost of maintaining a new tracking system would be passed on to the passengers.

As for the OnStar thing - I was surprised to see large areas of Texas, Wyoming, and Kentucky are dead zones for it. Look here