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There is precedent for a jetliner going missing

(CNN) — How can a Boeing 777-200ER passenger jet go missing for more than a day? Turns out, it’s not so easy.

That’s not just because the state-of-the-art jetliner has a wingspan of nearly 200 feet and a length of more than 209 feet. It’s also because it’s bristling with communications gear, including radios, automatic beacons, GPS and computer communications systems, according to CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest.

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