I cannot understand in 2009 with all the radar/satellites/equipment we have that you can lose an aircraft. They state they don't know if it went down or where it went down. How can they not know?
Answer: There is no radar coverage in oceanic airspace. Separation is provided by periodic position reports. The airplane, not the crew, apparently reported electrical problems via the satellite datalink. That was an automated report which is used by the airline's maintenance department to track issues as they develop.