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Following the data trail of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet

Former Inspector General of the Department of Transportation Mary Schiavo appeared on "America's Newsroom" Friday to give her unique insight on the statistics surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Schiavo, who believes the plan suffered from a rapid decompression, identified six data points or "pins in the map" that are driving the search, including the point where the plane turned and the point it stopped transmitting.

"The plane would have had to turn to match up these data points," she explained.

However, Schiavo says physical evidence is still "essential" in determining why both cockpit transponders were off.

"There's not going to be an answer to this question as to whether they were destroyed, damaged and went down, or they were turned off until we get the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. That's the data we've got to have."

"It's very important not to just say, 'We don't have anything else, so it must be the pilots.' It's often not."

Today's guests

  • Byron York

    Chief political correspondent, The Washington Examiner; Fox News contributor

  • John Sununu

    Former Republican governor of New Hampshire

  • Judge Andrew Napolitano

    Fox News senior judicial analyst

  • Katie Pavlich

    News editor,; Fox News contributor

  • Mary Anne Marsh

    Former John Kerry adviser

  • Brit Hume

    Fox senior political analyst

  • Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

    Fox News strategic analyst

  • Melissa Francis

    Fox Business Network

  • Howard Kurtz

    Host, "MediaBuzz"

  • Deneen Borelli

    President, Conservative Review; Fox News contributor

  • Basil Smikle Jr.

    President & founder, Basil Smikle Associates