Saturday the 8th of March 2014; Malaysian Airline MH370 departs from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 16:41 GMT bound for Beijing. On board, 227 passengers mainly from China and Malaysia together with some from Canada, US, Russia and others. The crew members, 17 in total were all Malaysians. Then, around one hour from takeoff (17:30 GMT), all contacts with the plane is lost. Not so unusual as it often happens if planes are out of the reach of radars, but they reappear on the screens afterwards. But MH370 never reappeared again.. 2 days.. 4 days.. 6 days.. It’s now one week from the incident and still no news from the aircraft. A huge search and rescue operation was started, teams from Malaysia, China, Vietnam, U.S, Indonesia, Taiwan. Singapore, India (infogram of those participating in search operations at the end of article – Taken from Wall Street Journal) among others came in using the best of their available resources including but not limited to spy satellites. Till now, no plane was found. Rumours of sightings, beliefs of hijacks and crashes and lots of crazy ideas have been running around the world with each and everyone trying to bring his/her explanation to what happened. Added to what some are saying that phones are still ringing, and that users are online on messaging platforms, beliefs that the pilot committed suicide or that the plane’s coms were deliberately switched off too was not spared. On the authorities’ side, some say that the plane turned back, others are talking about the possibilities of going in the whereabouts of the Pakistan border while others are convinced the plane went somewhere in the Indian Ocean (Some said it even landed in Mauritius; News denied by the Airports of Mauritius). But with all that’s going on the mainstream media, all the resources and efforts put into the search of that plane, all the speculations over the matter, how come the flight has not yet been found? Is the plane still airborne? Is the plane still in one piece? Are the passengers still alive? and the ultimate question.. will Flight MH370 ever be found? Here’s a little about my thoughts of the incident, possible explanations of some facts; What could have happened? What can be done and unfortunately, worst case scenarios.
EDIT #5 – 24 March 16:18 GMT
Plane declared “lost in the Southern Ocean” and that “none of those on board survived” according to a statement published by Malaysian Airlines. Search will continue, but officially the plane has been declared “lost” backed by satellite data of the ‘pings’ from the airplane. Experts say that now the hunt for the Flight-date recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder (commonly known as ‘blackboxes’). This can be a long wait; 2 years in the case of Air France Flight 447.
EDIT #4 – 24 March 17:13 GMT
Statement from Malaysian Airlines regarding the “loss of the plane”.
EDIT #3 – 24 March 16:50 GMT
Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, declaring Flight MH370 “lost in the Southern Indian Ocean” at a News Conference in Kuala Lumpur, three weeks after the lost of contact and disappearance from radar screens of the Boeing 777-200ER bound for Beijing – Video : Associated Press
A text message was also sent by Malaysian Airlines to the waiting families announcing the ‘loss of the plane’; “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived… we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
EDIT #2 – 23 March 23:25 GMT
EDIT #1 – 22 March 12:05 GMT