Mysterious: The Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (2014)

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This case is about the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 or MH370.

I have been following this case since it has happened, I mean, how can a airplane just vanish out of thin air with nobody seeing it? And they are now finding parts of the plane just now washing up? I want to know what happened to this plane just like everybody else does.

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur and was heading for the Beijing, the Capital of China at 12:42 AM MYT.

Some of the passengers on the plane were a couple on their way to their sons after a long-delayed honeymoon, a construction worker who had been gone for a year, an a Chinese Calligraphers.

At 1:21 AM, the plane lost contact with Kuala Lumpur Area Control while over the South China Sea when heading towards Beijing. Did the transmitter get turned off? Was this done on purpose?

Malaysian authorities believe the last words they heard from the plane came from either the pilot or the co-pilot it was undetermined by whom, was “Good Night Malaysian 370.”

Pings from a satellite that came from the aircraft suggest it could have continued flying for around 7 hours when the fuel would have ran out.

Here is the timeline I found from Wikipedia of the events from the aircraft and afterwards:

  • March 8, 2014, 1.21am: Thirty-nine minutes after take-off, over the South China Sea, the position symbol of flight 370 vanishes from the radar at the Kuala Lumpur Area Control Centre. Data from a Malaysian military radar shows the plane “almost immediately” turn southwest and back towards the Malay peninsula.
  • 2.22am: Having crossed back over the peninsula and turned north towards the Bay of Bengal, the plane has its last contact with the military radar.
  • Shortly after: Satellite data shows the plan make what investigators said was its “final major turn” and head south, into the Indian Ocean.
  • 2.39am: A ground-to-aircraft phone call, made through the plane’s satellite link, goes unanswered.
  • 5.30am: A search-and-rescue effort is launched.
  • 7.24am: Malaysia Airlines released a statement announcing that Flight 370 is missing.

There was a media statement from Malaysian Airlines that went out 1 hour after the scheduled arrival time stating that communication had been lost at 2:40 and that the government had initiated search and rescue operations. Later the time when contact was lost was later corrected to 1:21.

  • Over the following weeks: A major search effort scours 1,700,000 square miles over a period of 52 days.
  • April 28: The surface search is called off having failed to find any debris from the plane. Another phase is launched that will use sonar to scan the ocean floor.
  • Late July: Debris that investigators say is “certain” to have come from the plane is found washed up on the island of Réunion.
  • January 2017: Almost three years after the crash, the underwater search for the plane is officially suspended. The search covered more than 46,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean floor but failed to locate the wreckage.

There are many theories about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  1. Russian Involvement – Some feared Russian president Vladimir Putin was involved in the hijacking of the plane.
  2. US Shootout- French ex-airline director Marc Dugain accused the US military of shooting down the airplane because they feared it had been hijacked.
  3. Suicide– Malaysia police chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar suggested the disappearance could have been a result of suicide.
  4. In hiding – Historian Norman Davies suggested the plane could have been remotely hacked and flown to a secret location as the plane had sensitive material on board.
  5. Cracks in the plane – Malaysian Airline had found a 15 inch crack in the fuselage of one of its planes but the airlines claimed the missing jet did not have the same antenna as the rest of the other planes so it did not receive the warning.

These are just some of the 20 theories that I read about that stuck out to me.

These are just some of the 20 theories that I read about that stuck out to me.

The plane has been missing for 7 years with no new leads or evidence to give the families of the missing and presumed closure of what happened to their loved ones.

 

Sources:

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 – Wikipedia

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappearance | Description & Facts | Britannica

What happened to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Latest theories – The US Sun (the-sun.com)