What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370?
The sudden disappearance Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean on March 8th, 2014, threw the media and airline companies into a state of chaos. Until this event, the cause of most airline crashes could be known relatively easily, given the abundant amount of data transmitted back to land operations. This mysterious event made the entire world stop and wonder what forces could have been at work to wipe an airliner with 200 people on board, without a trace of wreckage.
What We Know
In the midst of the great mystery of what happened to Flight MH370 are a few sold facts:
·The flight left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41 a.m. local time en route to Beijing Capital International Airport. The flight was schedule to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 a. m.
·The plane was a Boeing 777-2H6ER. On board the flight were 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers. All of the crew was Malaysian. The passenger list included people from 14 different nations.
·The airplane last underwent maintenance on February 23, 2014. No issues were found at that time.
·The last communication with the plane occurred 94 minutes into the flight. At that time, no problems were reported. The co-pilot, Fariq Hamid, merely said, “All right, good night,” to Malaysian air traffic controllers, according to reports.
·Flight MH370’s transponder was turned off turned off at 1:21 a.m. west at 6:30 a.m. The object disappeared from the radar screen about 200 miles off the coast of Malaysia.
·A satellite detected the last signal from the MH370’s antenna at 8:11 a.m.
During the weeks following the disappearance of MH370, the media rushed to report every piece of information, and this information was later determined to be inaccurate. This lead to considerable frustration in the public and especially among the families whose members were on MH370. A number of conspiracy theories arose involving possible terrorist involvement, landing the plane on nearby islands and hiding the plane for terror attacks against other countries. As information about MH370 was clarified, it became clear that these theories had no merit. A catastrophic mechanical problem of some kind is the most likely scenario currently.
The Current Search For Debris
The search area changed position a number of times as information about the flight was refined. Calculations on how far and how fast Flight MH370 may have flown on autopilot have centered the search area in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. Objects in the area spotted by satellite have so far not found any debris from the plane. Weather conditions and rough seas are making it more difficult to find and identify any debris that might be from Flight MH370.
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