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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

  • Chris Stirewalt

    Fox News digital politics editor

  • Walid Phares

    Fox News middle east and terror analyst

  • Juan Williams

    Fox News political analyst

  • Lisa Boothe

    President and founder, High Noon Strategies

  • Bernie Goldberg

    Fox News contributor

  • Chris Wallace

    Host, "Fox News Sunday"

  • Jeff Gordon

    NASCAR driver

  • Kevin Harvick

    NASCAR driver

  • Gov. Greg Abbott

    R-Texas

  • Scott Brown

    Former Mass. senator

  • Dennis Kucinich

    Former congressman; Fox News contributor

  • Rich Lowry

    Editor, National Review; Fox News contributor