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March 31st, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines didn't buy computer upgrade that could have aided in search for Flight 370

(CNN) – As searchers scour the Indian Ocean for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, aviation experts are already weighing in on lessons learned from the plane's mysterious disappearance.

Malaysia Air should have invested in a computer upgrade, Swift, that would have provided vital information, and cost just $10/flight, a former Federal Aviation Administration official says.

"Regardless of the (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System), it would have provided an essential stream of information," says aviation consultant and former chief of staff for the FAA Michael Goldfarb.

Swift was the same technology Air France investigators used to narrow the search for Air France Flight 447.

"All major airlines that have jumbo jets, the regulators across the board should require and mandate that (Swift) is a part of every base package when you buy an airplane," says Goldfarb, adding that Swift is required for planes that fly between the United States and Europe, but not elsewhere in the world.

Flight 370 should also signal regulatory bodies to force these issues, says CNN aviation analyst and pilot Miles O'Brien.

"The airlines are not going to do it on their own, even $10 a flight," said O'Brien. "It's such a close margin business. They are not going to spend it unless they have to, unless they're mandated.

"It's important that the regulators ... step up to the plate and realize that these are important things to react to."

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