Actually, I'd like to know where you got the information on the exact equipment on board this plane?
What is being denied is that Malaysian Airlines subscribed to this monitoring program, not that it was not so equipped (*).
The latest reports is that the radios are there and ping the satellites even when they are not going to transmit data.
U.S. officials said earlier that they have an "indication" the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have crashed in the Indian Ocean and is moving the USS Kidd to the area to begin searching.
It's not clear what the indication was, but senior administration officials told ABC News the missing Malaysian flight continued to "ping" a satellite on an hourly basis after it lost contact with radar. The Boeing 777 jetliners are equipped with what is called the Airplane Health Management system in which they ping a satellite every hour. The number of pings would indicate how long the plane stayed aloft.
(Sort of like a cell phone with an expired sim still talks to the towers).
This is coming from the white house.
You will remember YEARS AGO when the Russians shot down a commercial airliner, that the NSA pulled recorded conversations between the Russian pilots and their base, WEEKS after the incident, embarrassing the Russians.
The US probably has more data on this indecent than they are willing to reveal at this time.
*This makes sense, because the airlines can turn the feature on by simple writing a check.
Boeing builds it into the fleet on the hopes of selling the service.