Malaysia Airlines 370 Disappears off the Radar
One of the biggest mysteries in the recent times is the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which disappeared off the radar on 8th March 2014 with 227 passengers on board along with 12 crew members. The flight originated in Kuala Lumpur and was destined to travel to Beijing, China before it disappeared shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur less than an hour after take-off. There were people from 14 nationalities on-board the plane; however a majority of them were Chinese citizens. The status of the plane as of today, more than a month after its disappearance is still “missing”. In today’s age of communication many experts are baffled as to how an entire passenger plane has simply vanished from sight and it cannot be found even after weeks of multinational efforts on land and sea to find the missing plane.
Theories, Unanswered Questions & Tragedy
This has been an issue that has been a topic of debate on news channels, newspapers, online and it has captured the imagination of the international audiences the world over. Everyone wants to know what happened as experts, journalists, authorities and even ordinary citizens are debating on theories which are proving as impossible as the next. End of the day nobody still knows for sure what has happened and that is a scary concept in terms of air travel which is largely considered the safest form of travel, statistically speaking.
At first the search and rescue operations were conducted in the Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea and the Malacca Straits area. However the information that the flight must have turned west after it lost contact, then widened the search area considerably at a range of Kazakhstan in the north to Southern Indian Ocean in the south. This was calculated according to the aviation fuel available on board of the plane. The search operation has had many “promising leads” since the disappearance of the plane and accordingly the search mission has progressed. Currently the search is taking place in a specific area of the coast of Australia in the southern Indian Ocean with ships, airplanes and also underwater search equipment being deployed to search for the missing plane.
This has been a harrowing experience for the friends and family of the people on board of the plane. The uncertainty, the lack of information and being away from their loved ones for so long without knowing any specific details as to what happened to them is heartbreaking for the families and friends of people on board of the missing airplane MH 370.