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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

  • Rep. Trey Gowdy

    R-S.C.; House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

  • Howard Kurtz

    Host, "MediaBuzz"

  • Doug Schoen

    Democratic pollster; Fox News contributor

  • Monica Crowley

    Talk radio host; Fox News contributor

  • Bret Baier

    Host, "Special Report"

  • Michael Mukasey

    Former US attorney general

  • Gen. Jack Keane

    Fox News military analyst

  • Steve Hilton

    Former strategy director for David Cameron

  • Nomiki Konst

    Democratic strategist