It took 14 days to detect a signal from black boxes on Egypt Air Flight 864, and the cause of the crash is still unknown. Tom Schmutz, CEO of Flyht, says his company's streaming technology could prevent such confusion after accidents by replacing planes' traditional black boxes.
"People will do the cost-benefit analysis and realize that there's better ways to do things than the way we've done things in the past," Schmutz told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Friday. "If we had had the information from the aircraft in real time, then we could have been working and understanding the solution far in advance."
His company's technology uses real-time data to transmit to the ground the same information collected in black boxes. He said the ability to transmit information directly would avoid situations like Air France Flight 447, which crashed in 2009. It took two years to recover the black boxes from the wreckage.